Last night, Joel and Drew sat down together and phoned in to Dana’s Scared Monkeys radio show to try to explain the latest confusion about Drew’s private life–namely the engagement stunt that they say was no stunt. Apparently, Christina Raines was content to let these two speak for her. She declined to be interviewed.
They also briefly gave their views on the status of the weapons charges, the likelihood of Drew ever being charged, and the pernicious evil of morning television producers.
Below are a few excerpts:
Drew explains how Christina Raines came to leave his home.
What happened was she was at work and she went ahead and heard me make some comments, off-the-cuff comments, joking around with the television show, the CBS people and that I was really dismissive with women. If I didn’t like them I would move on and trade them in or whatever and basically they didn’t play the whole thing. As usual, when you tape something it gets cut up and turned around and twisted and that’s what happened here.
And then all of a sudden there was like …everybody in her family, there was TV producers, there was lawyers, there was other family members from Kathleen were there, friends and family and it was like an intervention. Everybody was there trying to get her off of me, actually and she was very upset. Her father was there and he doesn’t like the relationship and he was doing what he could. He threatened her with, if she didn’t go home with him that night he would disown her, that type of thing.
Next thing you know she’s freaking out. Next thing you know she’s in New York going on television saying that it was a publicity stunt—the engagement, when actually it was very real. The only thing that was not real about the whole engagement was the ring I gave her and the ring I gave her was only a temporary one. So, I gave her a ring that really wasn’t that good but she did ask me to marry her five or six times and I agreed and we were in fact, for real, engaged.
Joel explains how Christina became confused about the status of her relationship to Drew and how interlopers got inside her head and caused her to say that the engagement was a “stunt”.
That’s what I found out tonight. I really wanted to ask Chrissy why she said that. She explained to me that these people from a couple of the morning shows had been on her for literally three days. There was one girl she said—I forgot the name of the girl—from one of the shows that literally had been with her practically for three days straight, while she was at work , feeding her, telling her things, giving her copies of transcripts, watching news with her, just trying to get her to come on their show and then all these other people that Drew mentioned were also talking to her and it’s no wonder that you go through this traumatic breakup of your relationship, or being pulled out of his house where you were comfortable, thrown on an airplane to New York, get a few hours sleep, up at four o’clock in the morning, five o’clock in makeup, five-thirty on the set, and it’s no wonder she looked like a deer caught in the headlights when she was on that show and it was no wonder she was a little bit confused about what she was saying.
So, I don’t blame her. She made a mistake. She basically confused a couple of things she overheard and just didn’t know what she was really saying as opposed to…and that’s why it happened and I can understand that.
Certainly, I’ve seen how these people operate so I can understand how it happened and I don’t bear any grudge. She’s setting the record straight now and that’s great and hopefully the real story or at least the correct story will get out there. And the correct story is her and Drew are engaged. They’re eventually going to get married and go on with their lives as best they can and that’s the real story here.
Joel weighs in on the status of the investigations into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and the death of Kathleen Savio.
They’re just plodding along, for lack of a better word, with an investigation and trying to see if they can put together a case. However they keep coming up against the same fundamental flaws that they had in accusing Drew in the first place. Fundamental flaw with the Kathleen Savio matter is that they cannot put Drew anywhere near Kathy’s home during the time when she died. I don’t care how long they investigate; they can’t do that so if you can’t do that, you can’t accuse him of killing her. Let alone, you have to remember you have two pathologists who have different opinions. We have pathologists; the original pathologist said it was an accident. So they’re going to have a difficult time even proving that the death was anything but an accident, which we still believe it was. As far as Stacy goes, there is not one piece of forensic evidence that anything wrong happened regarding Stacy—nothing—and without that they’re never going to be able to get to square one. So, I don’t see anything happening regarding charging Drew ever.
Drew attempts to explain why it is that Chrissy is unable to cope with media coverage.
Well, she doesn’t really have the necessary emotional tools to deal with them and basically we are going to do what we can to protect her, to keep them away from her, and basically give her tools to basically deflect them, and try to keep them away from her.
Joel gives an update on the weapons charges.
Actually, l was over at the Will County Courthouse today. The record on appeal is being prepared by the clerk of the court. It’s pretty extensive and there were some issues about some things that are sealed and that’s going to be transmitted to the appellate court next month, in March and then the briefs have to be written. So we’re still pretty confident we’re going to be upheld on appeal but it’s going to be…obviously the state’s going to fight it but in the long run it’s nonsense because we filed a cross-appeal on this federal law that says a police officer, retired police officers and police officers are allowed to carry almost any type of weapon and I think the appellate court is going to uphold that and say that Drew is immune. In the first place, the charges should never be brought and that’s what we’re hoping to get out of the appellate court, which would be a confirmation of the LEOSA law, The Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act, that basically says that law enforcement officers can carry almost any type of weapon anywhere in the States and therefore Drew cannot be charged. He has immunity and we’re hoping that will be the result of the appellate court decision.
Drew is itching to get the hell out of Bolingbrook.
I need to get away from here just because of the crazy people next door to me. Today I’m walking home, Chrissy and I took the kids to the park, and my stepbrother and a lot of people was on the front porch trying to take pictures of us walking home and then we’re getting information that it was on Internet already and they’re putting it out all over, pictures of us taking the kids to the park. It’s a little bit much for anybody, I think.
Joel blames the media for sending Christina back to an abusive relationship.
Whatever you thought about Drew’s relationship with Christina, the relationship they put her back into when she left, when her father and these media people they took her out of Drew’s home and sent her back to this apartment where she was living with this guy, this other guy, Mike. This is a guy who would never allow her to have her own checking account. He never…what was it Drew? He made her give her paychecks to him. He would cut up her clothes when he was mad at her. This is the residence that they sent her back to. Now that she realizes it…
He would come home drunk and not too long ago he’d come home drunk and got in her face and sent her and two young children out in the cold at two in the morning in winter. Because she wasn’t going to put up with him cornering her and confronting her.
Joel explains how Drew and Christina will be handling media reaction to their reconciliation.
…this is a personal matter with drew and Christina and they’re going to, they’re consulting with Glenn Selig, the media consultant. Their idea is that they are going to do one interview—it’s like the paparazzi—you’ve got to let them take your picture and then they’ll go away. So I think they’re going to do one major interview, get everything out in the open, and then hopefully then they’ll be able to, the media storm will die down, they’ll be able to live somewhat normally.