Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 broke the story late Wednesday afternoon that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has admitted to an extramarital affair with the former head of her security detail.
“[I]n an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 Investigates, Barry insisted that she has not misused taxpayer funds as part of the relationship with Metro Police Sergeant Rob Forrest, NewsChannel 5’s Phill Williams reported in a broadcast that aired at 4:49 pm on Wednesday:
Forrest unexpectedly retired Tuesday after 31 years with the Metro Nashville Police Department.
“I’m very embarrassed, and I’m deeply ashamed, and I’m very sorry,” Barry said. “The affair was between two middle-aged consenting adults, and it was a mistake to do this. And I am deeply sorry.”
She added, “I know God forgives, but the people of Nashville don’t have to — and I also want to ask for their forgiveness.”
The 54-year-old mayor said the relationship with the 58-year-old sergeant began shortly after her election in September 2015.
Questions have been raised about how much Forrest was paid for overtime while guarding the mayor, and whether or not he worked all those overtime hours.
A press conference is scheduled for 7 p.m.