Embattled Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is reeling from a fresh set of revelations that surfaced in the media yesterday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has seized the cellphones of Barry and her former lover and police bodyguard, Sargent Rob Forrest. Forrest’s phone, according to the TBI, contains signs of 260 deleted chats with Barry’s phone, as well as 35 deleted call logs. Most explosively, the TBI have revealed that Forrest’s phone was used to take photos of a woman – possibly Megan Barry nude photos.
I just called to say I love you (at taxpayers’ expense)
The use of government phones to conduct an illicit affair could be a problem for Barry and Forrest in its own right. According to the Nashville policy on acceptable use of technology assets, city owned phones “shall not be used to upload, download, communicate,
create, store, send or intentionally view, access or display material that is fraudulent,
libelous, harassing, embarrassing, sexually explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating,
defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or inappropriate.”
But much more important is whether data from either phone can shed light on the central issue that has dogged Barry since she admitted the affair at the end of January: was Forrest being paid for overtime during their private moments? She maintains that no hanky-panky was engaged in while Forrest was on the clock, but this new evidence is painting a different picture.
According to the Tennesseean, nude and semi-nude photos of a woman, possibly Megan Barry nude photos, were taken by Forrest during a trip to Washington DC he took with Barry in May 2017.
Citing an affidavit made public by the TBI, the Tennessean wrote:
“There were nude images of a woman the TBI believes to be Barry that were taken during the time that Forrest reported receiving overtime, according to the affidavit.
“‘This image is of a nude female lying on a bed with a black purse beside her,’ the TBI affidavit states.
“Images taken during a radio interview in Washington show Barry with an identical purse prior to when the nude photo was taken, according to the affidavit.”
Megan Barry nude photos corroboration – waiting on a pass code
With access to the contents of only Forrest’s phone, the TBI only have one side of the conversation. With access to Barry’s phone they hope to find the text conversations and call logs that Forrest deleted, and possibly conclusive evidence of the identity of the woman in the nude photos.
They took possession of Barry’s phone last week, but so far she has not provided them with the pass code to access its contents. Both Barry and her lawyer claim they are cooperating fully with the TBI investigation, but the recently released affidavit says,
“Due to the fact that Megan Barry has thus far refused to provide the pass code to her phone, the only process for examining the phone … is to have the phone unlocked by a third party.”
Early morning rendezvous at the Nashville City Cemetery
Yesterday News Channel 5 revealed an even more unexpected new facet to the scandal. After receiving reports from the public that Barry and Forrest made regular early morning visits to the Nashville City Cemetery, reporters tracked down security footage from several nearby businesses that confirmed the cemetery on at least six occasions, the most recent being January 8th.
The footage clearly shows the couple regularly entering the cemetery in Barry’s mayoral SUV. Instead of stopping in the main parking area, Forrest would drive the SUV to the more secluded back area of the graveyard. Whatever it was that Barry and Forrest were up to during these visits, on each occasion News Channel 5 were able to confirm that Forrest was “on the clock” and being paid for his time.
The mayor’s spokesperson, Sean Braisted, offered an explanation saying that Barry, “finds it to be a peaceful place to start her day. Sometimes she would go for a walk, other times she would sit in the car and either reflect, make calls, catch up on emails, or report issues with vandalism in the cemetery.”
Trouble in paradise
Barry and Forrest may have grown close during their affair, but now that it’s over the two may be headed for serious public disagreement.
Speaking to reporters about yesterday’s allegations before a neighborhood association meeting, Barry said, “I’m furious, as you might imagine. [Any photos] were taken without my knowledge; they were taken without my permission; and they were taken without my consent.”
When asked if she considered herself the victim of a crime, she said, “I don’t know because I have not seen these pictures. I don’t know what they are. I don’t know what they look like. But I will tell you if they were taken of me, they were taken without my permission.”
And of course, if any Megan Barry nude photos were taken by Forrest while he was on duty, they were taken without the taxpayer permission as well.