Warren Mayor Fouts addresses controversial call with appointee - KMSP-TV

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts addresses controversial call with appointee

Posted: Updated:
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts spoke with Fox 2 about a controversial phone call with his appointee. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts spoke with Fox 2 about a controversial phone call with his appointee.
WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) -

An appointee of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts recorded without the mayor's knowledge and then apparently used against him a very heated, profanity-laced phone conversation between the two.  It was made public and turned over to Michigan State Police.

One week later, Fouts choose the National Day of Prayer event in front of City Hall to address the alleged phone threats.

"I gave in to anger," the mayor said.  "I apologize to the people of Warren... for the choice of my words.  I am truly ashamed and embarrassed about it."

"Why did you choose the National Day of Prayer to address these threat allegations?" I asked Fouts.

"I'm not sure this was particularly choosing, but I felt very strongly on prayer and in light of the suggestion that I commit suicide, I thought it was appropriate," he responded.

Fouts claims a local newspaper covering his public disgrace insinuated he should take his own life, something he found very offensive.

"To me, a viable alternative for anyone is prayer, not suicide," Fouts told the crowd to cheers.

We're told Michigan State Police have just wrapped up their case, which has been handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.

Meanwhile, Fouts blames his anger on the recent negative attacks on him and his city.

"Has this world got to the point where I can't trust the person who I gave an appointment to without taping me when I'm angry and goading me on," Fouts said.

"Did you mean what you said?" I asked.

"Absolutely not.  I didn't.  I was just venting.  I was angry at the point.  I was making a point, albeit a poor point, and I did not mean at all what I said, nor would I ever do anything like that," the mayor replied.

------

UPDATE:

On May 3, we learned the decision of the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.  Mayor Fouts will not face any charges.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Fatal Arizona gun range accident with child raises local questions

    Fatal Arizona gun range accident with child raises local questions

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:53:29 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed a gun range instructor recently, captured on video and sparking national and local debate.
    A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed a gun range instructor recently, captured on video and sparking national and local debate.
  • Two shot at Eastland Center mall

    Two shot at Eastland Center mall

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:21:03 GMT
    Police responded to a shooting of a man and woman at Eastland Center Mall, 18000 Vernier Road Wednesday.
    Police responded to a shooting of a man and woman at Eastland Center Mall, 18000 Vernier Road Wednesday.
  • Deadly crash on I-275 as car hits semi truck

    Deadly crash on I-275 as car hits semi truck

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:13:49 GMT
    A driver on the wrong side of the highway on I-275 slammed into a semi truck in Monroe County Wednesday night.
    A driver on the wrong side of the highway on I-275 slammed into a semi truck in Monroe County Wednesday night.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices