Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2022. 4:18 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Leader of the Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) Patrick Faber appeared Wednesday night on a “special edition” of the Channel 7 talk show “Uncut” hosted by Jules Vasquez.
The exclusive interview and first Faber gave following his appearance in court late Friday and over a week of swirling allegations that many believe have damaged his political career was billed as an opportunity for the Collet representative to give his side of the story, – “the ultimate exit interview,” as claimed by Vasquez in his intro.
But it quickly dissolved in mutual recrimination as the two clashed over what Vasquez perceived as an attempt by Faber to excuse away his reported behavior.
Faber said he wanted to talk about what happened without any intention to save any of his positions, and admitted to feeling a combination of mortification, relief and crestfallenness over his position – the culmination of a long career that he had hoped would end with being Prime Minister of Belize. Later, he added that while he has not formally written his resignation letter to the Governor-General or delivered it to the party, he has no intention of trying to stay on.
But he maintained that what his fiancée told police was not “the facts,” and contained “serious untruths,” and singled out what he called unprofessional behavior from the Belize Police Department in allowing the full statement to leak out and be widely shared on social media. He said he had not seen the statements before they were widely shared and specifically denied that was alleged was abuse.
Faber went on to allege that his fiancée suffered from a particular medical malady which was censored by the recording, though he said he did not want to tear her down and that there was a “situation much bigger than what is claimed there, and I want to make sure that people understand what really transpired in an effort to get people sensitized about what situations like this can bring.”
Vasquez objected to the reveal, asking, “Why are you doing this… How is this helping? This is only helping you, and that’s narcissism.” He suggested that from his “long observation” Faber appeared to be afflicted with a particular psychological disorder himself. Faber responded that this certainly will not help him in any way, and acknowledged that he was hesitant about admitting to and seeking help for issues with anger and temper, on the basis that it would make him look less in the eyes of those who looked up to him as a leader.
But doing so, he found, earned him love and support and he has continued therapy as recently as last week. As he explained, addressing Vasquez: “You think that if it is brought to light, that the society will attack, and the society will tear down and the society will break [her down], and that’s how I felt too; but we discussed it and there were exchanges, and she’s okay with me being here tonight.”
When Vasquez suggested he didn’t have the right to discuss his fiancée’s mental health publicly and that he was trying to portray himself as the victim, Faber insisted that “I am in a situation where I live it every day, and this is not her story I’m telling, it’s my story, because I live it as well.”
Faber then accused Vasquez of putting words in his mouth by suggesting that he was experiencing the condition as a victim and not as his fiancée’s support, while Vasquez charged that he had established a pattern of behavior in which he seemed never to be at fault, with which Faber disagreed, pointing to his prior experience last May.
When Vasquez further pointed out that he has not publicly said sorry to all he hurt, and then baldly insisted that his feeling is that Faber is an abuser and has doubly victimized the person he claims to love and want to support, Faber ended the interview, saying “You are completely pushing things in a different direction” and accusing him of being bullying and taking advantage by airing his personal concern over the revelations Faber would have made.
The program was bookended by comments from the public and from Channel 7 News reporter Cherisse Halsall, who publicly disagreed with her boss’ handling of the interview.
Vasquez concluded that perhaps he “front-loaded” the questions, but defended himself as trying to protect the complainant’s reputation and right to privacy
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