Jodi Arias "really wants to see" the music video Phoenix rapper Kareem "Lefty" Williams made about her, a cheerful Arias said in a prison phone call leaked to Radar Online and published Tuesday.
In the 15-minute call between Williams and convicted murderer Arias, the two also talk prison food, what books Arias is reading, and cable TV. Much of the conversation revolves around the music video for Williams' song "Jodi Ann Arias," which debuted on New Times on Monday, January 4. The conversation took place on Sunday, January 10.
"So people have written me about the video," Arias says. "So did you release it?"
"Yeah, I released it on [Monday]," Williams responds. "I've gotten a pretty good response. A lot of hate. A lotta, lotta hate."
"Oh, yeah, haters gonna hate," Arias replies.
"I think me and you are probably the most hated man and woman on Earth right now, honestly," Williams says.
Arias apparently continues to receive encouragement from supporters, even after being convicted for stabbing her ex-boyfriend nearly 30 times, slitting his throat, and shooting him — and barely avoiding the death penalty.
"It's all good! If this is what it's like to be hated, keep hating," Arias say. "I've got so much love coming my direction, I can't even respond to it all."
Williams goes on to discuss the press the song has received.
"The Phoenix New Times, they wrote a nice little article," Williams tells Arias. "They had a little shade in there, but it wasn't as much as I thought they was gonna do."
The conversation went on to include details about which television channels Arias can watch, which include a smattering of basic cable regulars like USA, BET, A&E, and others. The excommunicated Mormon says there are a few religious channels, including one from Brigham Young University, that she can watch as well.
The conversation soon turned back to the song and music video. Williams ponders if he can somehow persuade a local news station to air the video so that Arias could see it while in jail.
"The song doesn't have any cussing in it or anything," he explains. "It's to raise awareness for domestic violence and PTSD, so I don't know why they would fuss."
"I really want to see it; that'd be awesome," she says.
Williams goes on to describe the blowback he's received from making a video in support of Arias.
"They get really angry when I call you my little sister. They get pissed at that," Williams says.
Arias laughs. "Why would they even care?"
"They 'want me to be in love with you,' a crazy freak fan," Williams says, laughing.
"I'm glad you don't fit there," Arias replies. "You don't fit within their mold."
Arias goes on to give Williams some encouragement about how to deal with the haters. Williams mentioned somebody made a parody of his video (which New Times has been unable to find), and Arias was upbeat.
"You should be flattered," she says. "It doesn't matter how bad it is. You should be flattered that someone took the time. ... These people have no life or they're really in love with you."
It's unclear how Radar Online obtained the video. In a Facebook post, Williams denied leaking the video, saying, "I do not know anything about how this call got out! I know it was not leaked by me but thanks a million for the free press!" If that's true, then there are several likely possibilities the call found its way to an online tabloid.
One is that Williams is lying and leaked the song himself. (We reached out to Williams on Facebook but have not yet received a reply.)
Two is that Williams recorded the call himself and then got hacked, meaning that an outside attacker stole the audio from Williams' phone or computer and leaked it.
Three is that the person in the room with Williams (at one point Williams asks someone in the room to clarify how to pronounce the word "parody") recorded it and then leaked it without Williams' consent.
Radar Online is being coy, only mentioning that the audio was "obtained by" Radar. It's not clear if that means Radar bought the audio from an informant or if the call was freely given.
It's important to note that the audio sounds like it's being recorded from within Williams' house with the phone set on the table in speaker mode. Williams' voice comes in clearly, as if he is in the same room with the microphone recording the phone call. Arias' voice sounds like it's the incoming call. When the call ends, the audio continues after Arias' line clicks, and you can hear Williams breathing heavily for a few seconds, implying that the phone call was indeed recorded by Williams or someone in the room with him.
Regardless, that hasn't stopped Nancy Grace from stepping in and commenting on the phone call. Williams appeared on her show to talk about the music video and phone call.
"Jodi Arias starring in a video, are you serious?" Grace exclaims. "She's a convicted killer, and then of course, there's the predictable whining about sandwich night, never showing any regret about murdered Travis Alexander or even mentioning his name."
She introduces Williams as a "successful rap star," which some might call a drastic overstatement. She goes on to berate Williams for picking Jodi Arias as a spokeswoman for PTSD victims.
"Mr. Williams, you're really barking up the wrong tree, because I represented domestic violence victims for 10 years in court — real victims that came in with broken ribcages, broken legs, broken arms, strangled," Grace says, her voice quaking with emotion. "I worked the hotline at the batter women's center for nine years at night for free. I know about domestic violence more than I can say on the air tonight. And putting up a cold-blooded killer like Jodi Arias and giving her fame and fortune is absolutely wrong."
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