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Vindication comes for Drew Lauter as Independent Investigation comes  to light  

Written by Niel Patel · 2 min read >

Drew Lauter, former iHeart executive, can finally breathe a sigh of relief as  an independent investigation sheds light on the true events of the  controversial video that surfaced in 2022. The video, which appeared to  show Lauter making derogatory and racially charged comments, sparked  outrage and led to calls for his resignation. However, new evidence has  come to light that paints a very different picture of what happened that  day. 

According to the independent investigation, the video was not a genuine  depiction of events, but rather an orchestrated act by a disgruntled  employee who had already been fired over multiple allegations of sexual  harassment. The investigation revealed that the vice president supplied  Lauter with a drug, most likely a benzodiazepine such as Rohypnol, under  the guise of aspirin for his shoulder injury, and then prompted and  recorded his actions as part of an “insurance plan” for some type of future  extortion. 

The investigation revealed many inconsistencies that had previously been  reported in the media. The events in the video did not occur while leaving  a golf event; Lauter left the event alone very early that day after a  shoulder injury. The driver of the car was not an Uber driver, but a longtime  friend of Lauter and others in the car, including the sexual predator’s direct  boss.  

The driver and others became concerned for Lauter’s safety after  witnessing his erratic and uncharacteristic behavior, took his keys and  insisted on giving him a ride home. The video also appears to have been  altered and tampered with. The investigation discovered that the video  was never presented to anyone at iHeart, as this individual claims. In  addition, the video was kept for nearly a year before being made public  after an unsuccessful attempt to reach a settlement. 

Lauter, who faced intense scrutiny and calls for his resignation, has  expressed relief that the truth has finally come out. He apologized for the  words he spoke and acknowledged that he was ultimately responsible for  them, regardless of the circumstances. He also expressed his gratitude to  his friends and family for their unwavering support and stressed his  commitment to diversity and inclusion, which he considers vital to personal  and professional growth. 

“I am very happy that the truth is finally coming out about the events of  that day. I am disgusted by the actions taken by this individual and regret  the words I said. The fact is that this person was not a whistle-blower; rather  someone who was creating a smokescreen trying to cover his tracks by  deflecting the spotlight on me to assassinate my character. It has been a  nightmare, a real violation, of one’s body and mind, being drugged and  coerced into this while being used as a pawn.  

Those who know me both personally and professionally know that this is  not my character and I thank you all for your unwavering support. For  those who do not know me, I understand how stories taken out of context 

can portray me in this situation. I ask for empathy, compassion and  forgiveness. As horrible and nightmarish as this was and has been, it has  not swayed me from my core belief that diversity and inclusion are  imperative for true growth in life and I will continue my lifelong mission to  push this forward, one person cannot dissuade me from that course. I will  not let this moment define me and I look forward to my next chapter.”  

In today’s fast-paced world of instant gratification and 24-hour news  cycles, it is all too easy to rush to judgment based on incomplete  information. This is especially true in the age of secret recordings, where  snippets of audio or video can be disseminated online in a matter of  seconds, without any context or verification. Before jumping to  conclusions, it is important to remember the dangers of jumping to  conclusions. 

That is not to say that secret recordings should never be used in journalism.  There are certainly cases in which they have been instrumental in bringing  to light cases of corruption or other irregularities. But it seems that this is not  the case. This is clearly an individual using a secret recording for personal  gain and revenge, something we see all too often.

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