UPDATE: Firm Says Candidate Knew Voice Was Freeman Impersonator

A Los Angeles political firm denies it misled a congressional candidate in North Carolina about a radio ad using an actor who sounded like actor Morgan Freeman. MEI Political says it made clear verbally and in writing to Republican B.J. Lawson's campaign that it was using a voice double of Freeman for the ad.

Lawson's campaign said Monday night the campaign was scammed by the political firm into believing that Freeman had done the narration for an ad.

Freeman said in a statement through his publicist Monday that he never recorded any ads for North Carolina candidate B.J. Lawson and that he does not support Lawson's candidacy.

The advertisement features a narrator with a voice that resembles Freeman's. The narrator says at the conclusion of that ad, "It's time that you and I had a voice in Washington. Vote B.J. Lawson for Congress."

Lawson and campaign manager Martin Avila initially said Freeman did the ad. Avila later backed off that claim, saying the campaign had a contract signed for a Freeman ad with Los Angeles-based agency M.E.I. Political. The agency did not return a call seeking comment.

Lawson is running against Democrat incumbent David Price in the Fourth District. That includes parts of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties.


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