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Mayor Berke responds to allegations of an affair with senior advisor

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It's the first time we've heard from Mayor Andy Berke in person since his senior advisor's husband was arrested for domestic violence.

Channel 3 uncovered official records, created by police, that show Bobby Stone accused his wife, Lacie Stone, of an affair with the Mayor, which led to the alleged domestic assault.

Berke denies those allegations.

READ MORE | Record shows inconsistencies in domestic assault investigation involving Mayor's senior advisor

"I made a statement yesterday and that's going to be my only response to this. We need to respect the privacy of what's going on and people have to understand I've denied these allegations and we're going to rely on that," Mayor Berke said.

Berke said the matter is being handled privately and is not disrupting city business.

"I've been doing my job each and every day, I'm doing my job here and I'm going to continue to do my job," he said.

Berke was a no-show at two public events since Bobby Stone's arrest.

Thursday he appeared at a ceremony honoring Chattanooga Police Officers and said he plans to move forward with scheduled events.

"I've been at my appearances, I spoke at a graduation yesterday, I've made two appearances already today and we're going to keep doing our job."

Documents obtained by Channel 3 show inconsistencies in the report taken following the alleged domestic assault incident.

Thursday the TBI confirmed it is now taking over the investigation.

Channel 3 spoke to some City Council members who call the situation a distraction from city business.

But Councilman Chip Henderson said there has been no official conversation about the Mayor's role.

"He knows what he has to do," Henderson said, "I know what I have to do as a council person, like I said my focus is on the budget."

Channel 3 asked the City Attorney if he believes an internal affairs investigation may be needed, in light of Bobby Stone's allegations.

The City Attorney said he can not comment on that subject at this time.

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