Gov. Bentley's former head of security files lawsuit, claims governor admitted to affair
Ray Lewis, Gov. Robert Bentley's former head of security detail, has filed a civil lawsuit against his former boss, and his attorney says it's time for the governor to "tell the people of Alabama the truth" about his alleged affair with former advisor Rebekah Mason.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court and claims Bentley admitted to having a physical relationship with Mason. Lewis' attorney said in a statement that the lawsuit is a "last resort in order to find justice."
"Governor Robert Bentley had a physical and sexual affair with Defendant Mason, which the Governor confirmed to Plaintiff," the lawsuit states.
Lewis' lawsuit alleges during a conversation regarding his relationship with Mason, Gov. Bentley reluctantly, but clearly, said “Yeah, it was physical.” The lawsuit goes on to say two of the governor's sons went to Haleyville to meet with Mason's parents to plead with them to help end the affair.
The entirety of Lewis' lawsuit can be read below.
Statement from attorney John Saxon:
Lewis was stripped of his job as head of the Governor’s security detail, and was forced to retire early. He now has his own security business, but no one will touch him. He’s toxic. Google Ray Lewis, and he is the guy that got all that unapproved overtime.
Ray Lewis may be the most decent, honest, and believable client I have ever had, and I have had some wonderful clients. We have tried to avoid filing this lawsuit. The lawyers for Governor Bentley and Mrs. Mason have had a draft of this lawsuit since September 8th. But we were ultimately unable to resolve our differences, and hence this suit is Lewis’ last resort in order to find justice
It is time that the Governor man-up and tell the people of Alabama the truth: he loved his wife, but he loves Rebekah Mason more. He gave her inordinate power in state government. And together, they damaged the lives of many people, including Ray Lewis.
Bentley's attorney released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
Mr. Lewis’ lawsuit is an outrageous abuse of the system. The bulk of his complaint is full of factual allegations the Governor denies, and those allegations ultimately be shown to be irresponsible and false. In addition, those allegations have nothing to do with the actual legal claims asserted by Mr. Lewis. He appears to have included those irrelevant factual allegations in his complaint for the purposes of sensationalizing what is a meritless legal case.
We will ask the Court to quickly dismiss Lewis’s legal claims, which are meritless through and through.
To understand why Lewis’ lawsuit is so outrageous, look to the article that he claims to be the basis for it—a 2014 al.com article where Mr. Lewis says Governor Bentley somehow ruined his reputation. That is a baseless claim by Lewis because Governor Bentley did not say negative things about Lewis in that article. To the contrary, that article says Governor Bentley “praised” Lewis “as having worked to put together the best security detail and Capitol police force the state has ever had.” In that article Governor Bentley said that Lewis “is a man of honor and integrity and I support him one hundred percent.” In that article Governor Bentley called Lewis “the man for the job.” In light of those statements, it is indefensible for Lewis to now seek hundreds of thousands of dollars from the State and Governor Bentley on the theory that Governor Bentley somehow defamed him in that same article.
Lewis’s claim that he was “constructively discharged” by Governor Bentley and lost money as a result of his work for the Governor is equally outrageous. Public records show that when Lewis worked for the state government, he made more than $661,615 over five years, based on the overtime he was paid. But he chose to quit. That was his choice—no one else’s. Public records show that as a result of his decision to quit, Lewis is now getting $87,387.60 per year in State retirement income, for life. But now he is trying to force the State to give him more money, and to go so far as to extract money from the pocket of a governor who has never even taken a salary since he took office.
The Governor’s legal team will tell the Court that Mr. Lewis’s allegations are irresponsible and wrong, and will pursue all appropriate remedies against this abusive lawsuit. We hope to have this lawsuit dismissed soon.