Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is accused of having an affair with his top aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Diane Bentley, his wife of 50 years filed for divorce from him last August 28, 2015, after she used her phone to record him engaging in a very lame phone sex with Mrs. Mason while Diane was out of the house, and the two have been divorced for a few months.
Diane's statement about the divorce that she made last year:
"During my marriage to my husband, our likes, dislikes and lifestyles have become so different that it has caused discord and arguments in our home. We have become incompatible," Dianne Bentley wrote in testimony, "and our differences cannot be resolved. I know that we cannot live together again, and that our separation is now permanent. I feel that a divorce is in the best interests of both of us and our family."
That's just code speak for "my husband cheated, but I don't want to embarrass him." Details of Bentley divorce settlement
Bentley denied the affairs at the time, but now that everything has blown up, he says it's old news and he wants the people of Alabama to move on.
Rebekah Mason, who was once viewed as the de facto governor, has resigned. The two have been kicked out of their church, where her husband teaches Sunday school and where Bentley was a deacon. His pastor once referred to Bentley as a type of Joshua from the Bible (insert face palm here). Well, unlike the governor, Joshua lived an honorable life and didn't had an affair with another man's wife.
The person who blew up the affair was Spencer Collier
, who was once Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary.
In one conversation, Bentley was heard saying to a woman, "if we're going to do what we did yesterday, we need to lock the door."
Bentley "hung his head" when confronted with the accusations of the affair; he said he needed a way out of the relationship and asked Collier for advice. Even after Bentley said he would end the relationship, he said that he was unable to, according to Collier.
Collier said the relationship between he and Bentley, who he said he considered a close friend and father figure, soured when Collier signed an affidavit for the Attorney General's Office- something the governor asked him not to do.
"I love you like a father, but I won't lie to a grand jury for you," Collier said.
Collier said just a month ago, Bentley said he was still in love with Mason, but was "a man of honor and wouldn't ask her to divorce her husband."
Of course, Rebekah Mason denies the affair after she resigned. On her twitter page, she used a meme as her avatar which reads: The Lord Himself Will Fight For You. Just Stay Calm.
I mean, really.