CNN anchor Carol Costello apologized Thursday for her comments about the recent Bristol Palin audio that came to light earlier this week.
“Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” Costello said in a statement to The Daily Caller. (RELATED: CNN Anchor Mocks Bristol Palin’s Account Of Assault: ‘The Best Audio We’ve Ever Come Across’)
In the audio, Palin tells police a profanity-laced account of a possible assault that took place at some point during the much-publicized brawl she and some of her siblings took part in. (RELATED: Matt K. Lewis – Was Bristol Palin Physically Abused By A Man?)
Costello played the police recording during “CNN Newsroom” Wednesday morning, saying it was “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.” Costello also notes after the audio finishes that “I think that long bleep was my favorite part” and finishes by adding “you can thank me later.”
Below is the transcript of the police recording between the police officer and Palin:
Cop: Tell me what happened.
Bristol Palin: My little sister comes over to me and says some old lady just fucking pushed me. She just hit me.
Palin: Oh fucking hell no, no one’s going to touch my sister.
Cop: Where was this at?
Palin: So we were in a limo. I walk back up. “Did you push my sister?” And some guy gets up, pushes me down on the grass, drags me across the grass. “You slut, you fucking cunt, you fucking this.” I get back up, he pushes me down on the grass again. And he pulls me by my fucking feet. And he’s the one that’s leaving and I have my five year old, they took my $300 sunglasses, they took my fucking shoes, and I’m fucking just left here?
Cop: OK. Where are you injured at?
Palin: My fucking knees, my face, where is my shit. I have a five-year-old in the car.
Cop: Where was the limo at when your sister came and got you?
Palin: It was right here.
Cop: So your sister came down and got you from the limo that was parked right here?
Cop: You went back up to the house.
Palin: I was closer to the house. Yes.
Cop: OK. And when you got up there, you approached the 60-year-old –
Palin: I don’t know how old she was.
Cop: OK. An older lady.
Paper: Some lady we gray hair –
Palin: Who wants to push my little, my 20-year-old sister.
Palin: I’m going to defend my sister. She’s 20-years-old.
Cop: And then a guy came out of nowhere and pushed you to the ground?
Palin: A guy comes out of nowhere and pushes me on the ground, takes me by my feet and my dress, in my thong dress in front of everybody. “Come on you cunt. Get the fuck out of here. Come on you slut, get the fuck out of here.” I don’t know this guy. I’ve never seen this guy in my life.
Sarah Palin: That’s what I don’t get. Why do these bad guys get to drive right on by.