Idols’ Mara is off the hook

2010-10-05 13:40

M-Net will not take action against Idols judge Mara Louw after she took “an energy drink with vodka on top of strong pain medication” before appearing on Sunday’s show.

Louw confirmed on radio that she had the energy drink with vodka to counter exhaustion, M-Net said in a statement today.

In a previous statement, issued yesterday, M-Net denied that Louw had been drinking amid rumours that she had been drunk on the show. The statement claimed that the theatre singer had taken pain medication.

Said Lani Lombard, communications manager of M-Net: “Mara informed M-Net that she had taken strong pain medication. We weren’t aware of the fact that she was going to be interviewed on Talk Radio 702, where she confessed to consuming an energy drink with vodka.”

Asked whether M-Net was aware of the fact that Louw had had a drink before issuing the statement yesterday, Lombard said: “We were aware of rumours doing the rounds and contacted Mara about the issue after the media started asking questions. We then issued statements on request.

“We are disappointed that Mara did not notify us that she would be revealing this new information today. We would have wanted to disclose the full story to the media when the questions first started rolling in.”

Lombard said no disciplinary action would be taken against Louw.

“She did apologise and we accept her apology. We will be reminding all crew and cast about our code of conduct with regards to alcohol, and remind them that disciplinary action could be taken.”

Fellow judge Gareth Cliff released a statement through his website regarding the incident.

“Despite all her medication and the preshow cocktail (which I didn’t bring), she somehow made it through the show. I didn’t think she was any more or less coherent than usual, but there was no way I’d let her drive herself home, so I drove her home. The show shouldn’t even be about Mara at this stage. By tonight, we’ll have a Top 5.”

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