The Governor of Alabama issued a public apology today after some audio was released of him making remarks of a sexual nature to his political adviser Rebekah Mason.
In the recording (posted by AL.com), Governor Robert Bentley said over the phone, “When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts… and you pull real close… I love that too, putting my hands under you.”
The audio reportedly came from a family member of Bentley’s who was concerned he was having an affair. The issue of an affair received some weight after the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency made that allegation.
Or, rather, the former head of the ALEA. And he was former as of this week, because Bentley fired him yesterday. The apparent reason was wrongdoing at ALEA, but Spencer Collier alleged that he was let go after saying he wouldn’t help Bentley cover it up. And he said he heard the above recording and said the governor had an affair with Mason, who Collier said was so influential, she was basically the “de facto governor.”
And, he went on to say, Bentley told him he would break off the relationship but then refused to.
Bentley himself finally addressed the issue today, apologizing to the people of Alabama, his family, and Mason’s for his “inappropriate” behavior and conversations.
He did insist, however, that he has “never had a physical affair with Mrs. Mason” and completely denied Collier’s allegations, saying he never asked anyone in his administration to lie for him.
Bentley said this happened two years ago, and he has moved on since then.
Watch his press conference above, via AL.com.
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