Former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier said he first learned of a possible affair between the governor and Rebekah Mason 2 years ago.
He says the allegations were further confirmed when listening to a recorded conversation between the two.
“I told Governor Bentley that there was no need to try to explain it for anything other than it was obvious that it was sexual in nature. Governor Bentley simply hung his head and asked for advice on how to get out of it,” said Collier at a press conference Wednesday.
Hours later the audio recording of the conversation became public. It was first posted on Al.com.
The conversation was reportedly recorded by the Governor’s former wife, Dianne Bentley, at the couples’ beach home.
In the recording, Bentley can be heard making sexually explicit remarks to a person believed to be Mason.
“You know what. When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you and I put my hands on your breasts,” said Bentley in the recording. “. If we’re going to do what we did the other day we are going to have to start locking the door.”
Bentley addressed the allegations Wednesday and said he and Mason never had an affair.
“I have stated emphatically today that I have not had a physical relationship with Mrs. Mason, and at times in the past have I said things that I shouldn’t have said absolutely and that is what I am saying today,” said Governor Bentley.