Nashville mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday admitted to having an affair with the former head of her security detail.
The man in question, retired Sgt. Robert Forrest of the Metro Nashville Police Department, subsequently admitted to having the affair with Barry.
“Today, I have acknowledged publicly that I have engaged in an extramarital affair with the former head of my security detail,” Barry said in a prepared statement. “I accept full responsibility for the pain I have caused my family and his. I am so sorry to my husband Bruce, who has stood by me in my darkest moments and remains committed to our marriage, just as I am committed to repairing the damage I have done.”
Forrest, a 32-year veteran of the police force, retired on Wednesday just hours before Barry released the statement, according to WKRN.
“I have had an outstanding career and have enjoyed coming to work each day,” Forrest said in his resignation letter to Capt. Michael Alexander.
Forrest made no reference to the affair in his resignation letter but he later issued a statement through his lawyer, in which he confirmed the affair with Barry.
“I deeply regret that my professional relationship with Mayor Barry turned into a personal one,” Forrest said in the statement. “This has caused great pain for my wife, my family, friends and colleagues. At no time did I ever violate my oath as a police office or engage in actions that would abuse the public trust.”
Barry and her husband’s only child, 22-year-old Max Barry, died in July of an apparent drug overdose. Forrest was the one to inform Barry of her son’s death, according to ABC affiliate WKRN.
At a press conference Wednesday night, Barry revealed that the consensual relationship with Forrest began several months after she took office. Though she didn’t say exactly how and when things ended, Barry said the affair stopped after conversations between their spouses and the realization that their relationship would become public.
“It’s over,” Barry repeated to reporters. “It ended with saying, ‘It’s over.'”
“It was clear that our personal lives were going to become public and we had made a serious mistake and we needed to step up and we needed to own it, and that’s what I’m doing today,” she added.”I’m here today to admit I have personal failings. I am only human, and I didn’t stop being human when I became the mayor.”
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