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Mr. Daisey, who performs his monologues seated at a desk and using notes, has previously tackled everything from dysfunctional dot-coms to the international financial crisis. A movie has been made of his monologue “If You See Something Say Something,” and in a weird twist, he did a 2006 show called “Truth” about how art and fact mix. In it, Mr. Daisey admitted he once fabricated a story because it “connected” with the audience.

Mr. Daisey told Mr. Glass he felt conflicted about presenting things he knew weren’t true. But he said he felt “trapped” and was afraid people would no longer care about the abuses at the factories if he didn’t present things in a dramatic way.

In an interview with the AP last year when his show was first in New York, Mr. Daisey’s passion for humane treatment of Chinese workers was evident.

“Artists are people who are called to action,” he said. “If they’re not active then they’re probably asleep.”

An Apple spokeswoman declined again to comment on the revelations about the monologue. The company has been rebutting Mr. Daisey’s allegations for months, to little effect.

Before he scrubbed the monologue, he described traveling to the Chinese industrial zone of Shenzhen and interviewing hundreds of workers from Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer. Mr. Daisey said he stood outside the gate with a translator and met workers as young as 12 and some whose joints were damaged because they performed the same action thousands of times a shift.

“I talk to people whose joints in their hands have disintegrated from working on the line, doing the same motion hundreds and hundreds of thousands of times. It’s like carpal tunnel on a scale we can scarcely imagine,” he said, according to a transcript of the show. Later in the monologue, he said he met workers poisoned by the chemical hexane, used to clear iPhone screens.

But “This American Life” reported Mr. Daisey’s Chinese interpreter disputed many of the artist’s claims when contacted by Rob Schmitz, a China correspondent for the public radio show “Marketplace.” Among them, the translator said guards outside the factory weren’t armed, Mr. Daisey never met workers from a secret union and he never visited factory dorm rooms.

Mr. Daisey told Mr. Glass he didn’t meet any poisoned workers and guessed at the ages of some he met. He also said some details he used were things he read about happening elsewhere.

“I’m not going to say that I didn’t take a few shortcuts in my passion to be heard,” he told Mr. Glass. “But I stand behind the work. My mistake, the mistake that I truly regret is that I had it on your show as journalism, and it’s not journalism. It’s theater.”

In the edited monologue, Mr. Eustis said Mr. Daisey acknowledges “that his translator, Cathy, does not remember things which he does remember.”

Apple’s popularity among consumers and investors alike has only grown while Mr. Daisey has been railing against the company. Since his one-man show hit the stage in the summer of 2010, Apple has sold more than 74 million iPhones, more than 35 million iPads and more than 29 million iPods.

Mr. Daisey’s embellishments threaten to set back the efforts to improve the working conditions in China and other countries where many trendy gadgets are made, said veteran technology analyst Rob Enderle.

He said he fears Mr. Daisey’s tainted credibility will embolden more U.S. companies to turn a blind eye to how the assembly-line workers are being treated in the overseas factories run by their contractors.