The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has resigned in a single day in considerably murky circumstances. Ethan Berkowitz provided his resignation 4 days after an anchorwoman at an area tv station threatened to report he had posted nude pictures of himself on a web site.
Berkowitz adamantly denied her allegations, however on Monday admitted he had an inappropriate relationship with Maria Athens, the anchor at a Fox/ABC mixed station in Anchorage.
“It’s with profound unhappiness and humility that I resign as mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” he stated in an announcement learn on the Anchorage Meeting assembly by his chief of workers, Jason Bockenstedt, and later emailed to the media.
“My resignation outcomes from unacceptable private conduct that has compromised my capacity to carry out my duties with the main focus and belief that’s required,” Berkowitz wrote.
Berkowitz, 58, famous that his conduct did nice harm to his spouse, their household, his workers and the folks of Anchorage. “For that, I’m deeply sorry,” he stated.
Related Press report small however vocal crowd stood and cheered the resignation, which is efficient 23 October.
The saga that has been the excitement of Anchorage began when Athens posted a video on her Fb web page Friday, the identical day the station barred her from the studio. Within the video, she claimed she would break a narrative that night time claiming Berkowitz posted nude pictures to an underage web site. She later additionally posted what she stated was a photograph of the mayor’s nude again aspect.
Berkowitz’s workplace instantly denied the unsubstantiated allegation. A day later, Anchorage police stated they and the FBI investigated and located no proof of legal conduct.
Audio of a profanity- and racist-laden voicemail additionally surfaced late Monday, wherein a girl who recognized herself as Athens and who rattled off her community affiliations threatened to kill Berkowitz, who’s Jewish, and his spouse. The audio of the Friday morning cellphone name to Berkowitz was obtained by the net weblog The Alaska Landmine.
“The FBI Anchorage Subject Workplace coordinated with the Anchorage Police Division within the early levels of their investigation into allegations made towards Mayor Berkowitz, regarding inappropriate pictures on an underage web site and threatening communications he obtained,” an FBI assertion launched Tuesday stated. “Primarily based on that preliminary investigation, there was no speedy proof to assist a violation of federal regulation; nonetheless, the FBI Anchorage Subject Workplace continues to observe the scenario.”
Athens was arrested later Friday after trespassing within the tv studio after being advised she couldn’t return there. She allegedly accosted the station supervisor, who charging paperwork determine as her boyfriend, and he or she was arrested by police. Athens was charged with assault, legal mischief and disorderly conduct. She was launched Monday after posting bail.