Memphis Couple Under Fire, Accused Of Racist Rant; Lawyer For Couple Claims Recording Was Faked

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) -  A racist rant purportedly involving the granddaughter of a former Memphis mayor is going viral. 
 
The recording supposedly happened 15-hundred miles from Memphis, while Lauren Loeb and her husband were on a tropical vacation. 
 
Loeb is the granddaughter of Henry Loeb. He served as Memphis mayor in the 1960s.

LISTEN TO THE RANT HERE. (WARNING: Language)

The audio was posted on the website "LiveLeak."  

You hear a man and a woman talking to a restaurant worker about the woman's missing phone. 

The woman calls the restaurant employee the N-word multiple times.
 
She also uses vulgarities and threatens the worker.
 
The recording supposedly took place at the Mango Reef restaurant in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. 
 
According to the website "LiveLeak," the recording is of Lauren Loeb and her husband. Most of the tape so offensive we can't play for you. 

 

In reply to comments on its Facebook page, the Greater Memphis Chamber said:

“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. Lauren Loeb has not been an employee with the Greater Memphis Chamber since March 10, 2017.”

 

A lawyer for the couple, Brian Faughnan, released this statement Friday afternoon:

“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.”

 

NAACP STATEMENT ON VIRAL RACIST RANT 

 

(April 14, 2017 – MEMPHIS, TENN)  After listening to the audiotape of allegedly a former Memphis Regional Chamber employee Lauren Loeb and her husband, I’m convinced more than ever that racists are feeling more empowered than ever to say exactly what they think and feel.

 

Using the term “Nigger” as if it was the person’s name and threatening to beat him, clearly gives you insight to what she thinks about the majority of the people who live in this city, people of color. It doesn’t matter that she was on vacation in Turks & Caicos. What matters is what she said and how she said it and that obviously she believes it.

 

Someone with that attitude towards any person of color has no business working for an organization whose purpose is to bring business to the area or any business at all.

 

The NAACP Memphis Branch continues to fight to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Clearly, we still have a lot of work to do.

Deidre Malone, President,

 NAACP, MEMPHIS BRANCH

 

 


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