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Memphis Chamber of Commerce under fire for racist comments in viral video

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Chamber of Commerce is under fire this afternoon after an audio recording of a racist rant surfaced.

Liveleak.com reports that rant came from an employee of the chamber.

The audio recording reportedly happened during a recent trip to Turks and Caicos.

The couple reportedly lost their phone at a bar.

It was later returned to a hotel.

Employees at the bar say the couple called and went on a racist tirade.

That conversation was recorded.

The chamber says the person implicated in the recording doesn’t work there.

The following statement was posted to Facebook:

“This recording shows a despicable act by a despicable person. Anybody who makes a statement like this is not eligible for employment with the Greater Memphis Chamber. Anyone who engages in conversation like this would be terminated from the chamber.”

Statement from attorney of woman said to be recorded:

A “news” story has made its way from Turks & Caicos to Memphis.  It is a story that is false in many respects but it is now garnering such attention here that it simply cannot be ignored or go without a response given how it threatens the reputations and privacy of people who are now about to be victimized twice.

I represent Ms. Loeb and her husband.  Ms. Loeb’s phone was stolen while she and her husband were at a restaurant in Turks & Caicos.  That is true.  Her phone was never returned to her.  That is false.  The fact that the “leaked” recording shows a picture of Ms. Loeb’s phone makes clear that the people who released the alleged recorded call still had the phone they stole.  Given their willingness to lie about what they did with the phone, everything else they claim occurred must also be doubted.

After Ms. Loeb’s phone was stolen, she shared that fact on her social media account and asked her online friends to negatively review the restaurant in question.  Apparently that did not go over well with someone who worked at that restaurant because they’ve now gone to great lengths to attempt to defame Ms. Loeb and her husband.

For the record, Ms. Loeb and her husband were certainly not doing drugs during their time in Turks & Caicos and the conversation that is being claimed to occur is faked in many respects as neither of them would use the terms or speak in the manner portrayed.

On behalf of my clients, I would ask that media outlets not add to the sensationalized nature of this situation, cease camping out at my client’s home, and allow my clients to determine what their legal rights are and then decide in private whether to choose to pursue them.

Brian S. Faughnan