Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed claims that recently leaked, profanity-laced audio resulted from an extortion attempt from a Montgomery community member in 2020.
On Monday, 1819 News published audio of Reed espousing inflammatory comments surrounding the City of Montgomery, Gov. Kay Ivey, Maxwell Air Force Base and more.
The audio, posted on a newly created YouTube channel on Sunday evening, appears to be heavily edited. However, the audio shows Reed swearing and discussing his perceived lack of need for the black vote, among other things.
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In a statement posted late Monday evening, Reed claimed the audio was surreptitiously recorded and leaked by a disgruntled community member from a meeting where the unnamed community member attempted to use the death of George Floyd for "personal financial gain."
"There is an audio clip that features me speaking privately with a member of the Montgomery community," Reed said in a statement. "This clip has been heavily edited and features carefully selected sound bites of my voice. The conversation was recorded without my knowledge or consent by this community member almost three years ago."
"The meeting with this community member was prompted by our concerns about civil unrest in the immediate aftermath of the death of George Floyd. During this meeting, it became abundantly clear to me that this individual sought personal financial gain during a time of crisis in our city, state and country. You have my word that no one in my administration will ever give in to a shakedown or extortion."
Reed has received backlash from Montgomery leaders, calling for answers from the mayor for his inflammatory remarks, and questions remain unanswered throughout the ordeal.
"The mission of our administration is to bring more opportunity to each and every resident while making sure that Montgomery's success is their success. As Mayor, I will continue working tirelessly for our citizens and not let distractions keep us from doing the business of the City."
A spokesman from Reed's office said he would hold a press conference later on Tuesday to address the matter.
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