Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has unveiled a recording he says was made by a police wire during a meeting between his client and attorney Mike Morse.
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Fieger played the recording for members of the media during a new conference Tuesday afternoon. On it, Morse can be heard apologizing to the woman.
"So, thanks for coming. You don't know me but I'm a little nervous, too," Morse allegedly said.
"Do you know what you did? You made me feel like a whore," the woman responded.
"I don't even know what happened. I thought you were fun," Morse allegedly added. "That was honestly my feeing."
"It just made me feel bad," she said. "I got so distraught it bothered me so bad."
"That's not me. If it was I'd be in trouble long ago," he said. "I really had fun and if I could take it back I would."
Fieger says the recording was made during a meeting between Morse and his client following an alleged assault at Steven Lelli’s Inn on the Green restaurant, which is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Morse's attorneys released the following statement before Fieger's press conference:
In the strongest terms, Michael Morse denies any wrongdoing involving Renee Swain. Mike was shocked when Ms. Swain filed a police report based on an alleged momentary touch made in a busy, public restaurant, where his girlfriend and other friends were present. This so-called audio apology is not newly discovered and has been found lacking as grounds for any criminal complaint. Mike is a public figure and thus can be a target for those who wish him ill will. Nonetheless, he has embraced his status as a public figure and has been very generous in giving back to the community.
When he was told by a friend of Ms. Swain that all Ms. Swain wanted was a meeting and an apology, he agreed, hoping to diffuse the bizarre situation she had created. Ms. Swain clearly tried to entrap Mike but all she got were kind words and a general apology for a non-event. At the conclusion of the meeting Ms. Swain, in the presence of witnesses, gave Mike a large hug. In no way was this meeting an admission of misconduct. It was Mike’s attempt to deal with a clearly confused and possibly unbalanced person. Ms. Swain has no credibility; witness statements and other evidence make that clear. Mr. Fieger does not have any credibility, either. Mr. Fieger thrives on circus-like press conferences but they do not change the facts or the law.
This press conference is just another of a series of desperate attempts by Mr. Fieger to harm Mike and gain publicity for himself.
The statements were reviewed in a larger context and found lacking by serious prosecutors; the civil case will end in a similar way.
Fieger has filed a total of four sex assault lawsuits against Morse.