Penny Forrest, the wife of Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former Metro Nashville Police Department officer who conducted a two-year long extramarital affair with Nashville Megan Mayor Barry, has filed for divorce.
Court documents show the complaint was filed on Feb. 23 and cites irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.
According to the divorce complaint, Penny Forrest would show that her husband “has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct as to render further cohabitation unsafe and improper.”
“Saturday, Rob Forrest’s attorney released the following statement regarding the divorce filing,” NewsChannel 5 reported:
Mr. Forrest is aware he will shortly be served with divorce papers. He deeply regrets that his conduct will cost him his marriage. Given the intensely personal nature of a divorce, Mr. Forrest asks for privacy for his family at this difficult time. Mr. Forrest and I will have no further statement.
“The divorce complaint also includes a temporary injunction,” WSMV reported:
According to the American Bar Association, a temporary injunction is a court order requiring both parties to cease some particular action until a hearing can take place.
Failure to do so can result in fines, arrest, or even prison time depending on the circumstances of the case.
Since January 31, the day Mayor Barry publicly admitted to the affair with Sgt. Forrest, most in the Nashville media expected Forrest’s wife to file for divorce.
According to WKRN, “The divorce filing states Rob and Penny Forrest separated February 1,” the day after the mayor’s admission.
The divorce proceedings present yet another problem for Mayor Barry, who already faces three investigations and learned yesterday that the Tennessee Comptroller has joined of of those investigations currently being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
Penny Forrest’s attorney is almost certain to vigorously pursue new information about the extramarital affair between her estranged husband and Mayor Barry through depositions in which both parties are required to testify under oath, and through discovery, in which numerous requests for documents and digital images will be filed with the court.
On Thursday, the case intensified when an affidavit filed by the TBI revealed that “authorities believe that Forrest took two photos of a nude woman who is believed to be Barry on his Police Department-issued cell phone,” WSMV reported.
Mayor Barry’s official twitter account offered no comment on the divorce filing, or her role in it after the news broke on Saturday.
It did, however, send this tweet out late Saturday:
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— Megan Barry (@MayorMeganBarry) February 25, 2018