You have noticed that the so-called tapes have apparently been altered? Possibly even faked entirely? I think it too early to decide who is at blame, just yet. Wait for it...
So far, nobody seems to have been able to listen to the original recordings. Just posted excerpts. One expert who examined the posted material says there are a number of "artifacts" that indicate tampering, including dropouts, fades, and transients. He also said until someone gets to examine the originals, no one CAN know what was really said, or if Mel is really the one saying it.
Mel needs to take a break. Even if it is altered he needs to understand his battles and fight them on fair footing. Someone is manipulating his words and that source can be directly linked to who he was communicating with. The reasons seem quite sinister. I hope he can find himself and his strength to fight back.
That makes me think that if Mel was drunk when he called her, he may have no idea what he actually did say to her.
So, he may have only said some things and not other things. And, if he was drunk, he may not be able to distinguish between what he did and did not say. What if most of it is not his voice? Mel's voice is so garbled even he may not recognize his own voice, or that someone else may have injected another voice.
What a mess.