Alabama Mayor's expletive-laden audio has been leaked, creating an uproar in the state.
Audio containing profane language spoken by Steven Reed, the first Black mayor of Montgomery, was released the day before his birthday.
February 24th 2023.
The situation in Alabama is becoming quite chaotic. Montgomery mayor, Steven Reed, is under fire due to a leaked audio containing profanity from a discussion about the death of George Floyd with civic leaders three years ago. Reed alleges that Charles Lee, the founder and owner of That’s My Dog and That’s My Child, had ulterior motives in attending the meeting and asked for $30,000 that was supposedly owed to him from a past administration. The mayor expressed that he believes the leaked audio was an act of extortion, calling Lee a “liar”, “shyster”, and a “hustler”. In spite of Lee denying involvement in the audio being leaked, the Montgomery Advertiser reports that he was aware it was being recorded and that there was a plan to release it. The videos were uploaded to a YouTube channel titled “Montgomery Deserves Better”, and were shared the day before Reed’s 49th birthday and a few months before the mayoral elections. IMAGETAGGOESHEREThe audio contains several clips of Reed making controversial statements, such as referencing a bill and other politicians being “threatened” and him not needing to do any work to earn a majority of the votes. Two other parts of the audio have been removed. Reed admitted to making the comments, although he believes they were taken out of context and altered. He also said that he is willing to testify and will be taking legal action against Lee, claiming the meetings were held with the district attorney’s office after the incident. Lee maintains that he never asked for money from the mayor.