Then-First Lady Dianne Bentley, suspicious that her husband, Governor Robert Bentley, was having an affair with his senior advisor, Rebekah Mason, on multiple occasions pressed “record” on her cell phone, left the room, and captured the governor having intimate conversations with his mistress.
Included in those recordings, which were obtained by Yellowhammer News, is overwhelming evidence that Governor Bentley and Mrs. Mason had an intense emotional and — based on their discussion of past events — physical relationship with each other.
Governor Bentley has apologized for making “inappropriate” comments to Mrs. Mason, but has denied their relationship was physical.
The complete audio recordings and transcripts can be found below.
BEACH, BREASTS AND BOXER SHORTS
(Video above: Audio recording of conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)
Well, we just got home and Dianne’s going for a walk on the beach, so that worked out perfect.
I’ll be able to talk to you, just for a few minutes.
It’s beautiful, a beautiful day — cold. It’s cold, though. It is here, the wind’s blowing.
Hey, stay there for just a minute, I’m fixing’ to come up there and sit on the back porch with you. Can I sit by you, and can you put your head on my shoulder? I’ll put my arm around you.
What’s songs have you been listening to?
Well, I was so afraid — this just worked out perfect — because I was so afraid I just wasn’t gon’ have a chance to talk to you…
Well, I’m sorry, baby. You know, it’s just — you know how it is. I know. We do. I do and you do. It’s just — we do. We really work hard, baby, we really do. Hey, I love you. I know you do. Hey, listen, sweetheart, I want you to have a good time, ok?
Look, baby, you’ve been getting up early for me for a long time.
Bless your heart.
I love when you come to see me. You know, I’ve been thinking about — I’ve been thinking about, I think I am going to rearrange the office if Wanda retires. She’s not gon’ retire, she’s going to work part time, but I think that would be a good time to do it.
I don’t want ‘em right there. Honestly, I really don’t. And it doesn’t have anything to do with you and me — well, part of it does — but really and truly I don’t think somebody needs to be right there listening to every word that is said in that office; I just really don’t.
I do you, too, baby. I do, Rebekah. I just, I miss you. I wish I was with you right now. You know, it is, it is scary. I almost… I kinda, do you just start worrying about us just a little bit?
You know the other thing, too, baby, we are so much alike. I know, we are. We are.
Well, I love you, and I do. You know, I worry about sometimes I love you so much, I worry about loving you so much. I do. I do. You know, I feel like, all the time I’m thinking, “How can I contact her? How can I call her? How can I text her? How can I be in contact with her? How can we do this?”
I know that.
Well, we do. You know, it’s just, a while ago I text you and I said, “I’m sorry I haven’t been able to call,” I said something along the lines of, “How much time,” or, something like, “I’m sorry I’ve not had…” It went to Zach.
Well, no, he said, he text me back. He said, “Did you get the videos,” and he said, “You sent it to the wrong person, did you get the videos?” And I text him back, I said, “Yea I did, Zach.” I said, “Thanks.” I said, “I didn’t mean to send this to you, I had some people I needed to call.” So, it was fine… He couldn’t tell who I was sending it to. And it didn’t say, “Hey, baby, I love you so much and I’d like to spend the rest of my life with you…”
You’d kiss me? I love that. You know I do love that. You know what? When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you and pull you in real close. Hey, I love that, too.
Put my hands under your shirt.
That did you in?
Oh, babe. I know. I’m thinking about that right now, so I better quit.
You were thinking about (it)? Yea, I could tell you were thinking about it last night.
I changed the subject, didn’t I?
I know, babe. It’s ok. Everything’s gon’ be fine. We’re gon’ be alright this week. I know, I know, I know. I know it is. I know.
Hey, I love you. I love touching you. I do. Hey, I do, I do love putting my hands (inaudible) and just pulling you in real tight. I do, I do, I do enjoy that.
But, baby, let me tell you what we’re gonna have to do, we’re gon’ have to start locking the door. If we’re gonna do what we did the other day we’re gonna have to start locking the door.
You know what, it is kinda scary. Somebody open that door? Mmm.
It is a beautiful day… It is. It’s a little cool down here because the wind’s blowing. I mean, it is a beautiful day.
Hey, let me call you and let me look at you. Can I? Hey, I’ve got about five minutes, ok? Ok, I’m gon’ hang up. Alright. Bye.
(FaceTime ringing sound)
Bentley: Where are you? Oh, there you are.
Mason: I’m right here!
Mason: Can you see me?
Bentley: I can, I can. Can you see me?
Bentley: Well, it’s your favorite shirt.
Bentley: Hey, you look beautiful.
Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)
Bentley: Hey, listen, listen to me. Take your earring off and let me kiss your ear.
Mason: (Giggles) (Inaudible)
Bentley: Oooh shoot! Let me kiss that left ear, ok? Can I whisper something in that ear?
Mason: Here you go (inaudible)
Bentley: Hey, I love you. Hey, you look great.
Bentley: Hey, it is. Do you want to see something that’s pretty?
Bentley: It is, isn’t it?
Bentley: I wish I could hold you real tight right now.
Bentley: I think you look beautiful right now. Our phone is breaking up, isn’t it?
Bentley: I lost you. Now I’ve got you back! I got you back. I got you back.
Bentley: I did. I did. It’s good. They came this morning, fact. See, I thought I was gon’ stay here this afternoon and wait on them. But they came this morning. Bless his heart, this little boy from (Elrod?)
Bentley: Yea, I know. He came this morning before I had my clothes on.
Him: He just got to see my boxer shorts. No. Hey, you’ve seen those. Listen, he didn’t see my boxer shorts. I did actually put my pants on before I went to the door.
Bentley: Matthew and Katie and Riley are coming.
Bentley: Hey, I’m gon’ call you back on the phone, ok?
(Back to cell phone)
Hey baby. Yea, they’re coming tonight.
I know, bless her heart, I haven’t seen little Riley but three times since she was born. So I’m looking forward to seeing her. I think they’re gon’ stay ’til Monday. Matthew’s gon’ help me put the beds and stuff together in the new house. So we’ll spend a little time together.
You can text me any time you want to. We may not be able to talk tomorrow, but who knows?
I probably will. But I’ll be thinking of something.
Yea. You could feel my hand. Uhhh… What’s that song? “The magic moment.” Ohhh (inaudible).
I know. I know, I know.
Well, is it, is it bothering you?
Mmm. Hey, sweetheart (inaudible)… I do. I know, we have a good time together. We do.
Baby, our conversation is fixin’ to come to an end.
Well, I’m talking about in the next three or four minutes. But before it does, please have a good time. And listen, don’t worry, we will be in contact, ok?
It is. It really is right now. Listen, Matthew and Katie are gon’ be here. This is gon’ be a good weekend. I mean, it’s really been good. It’s been good. So you just — everything’s fine. And, anyways. One more time, let me tell you, I love you, baby. Ok? I do. I love you, sweetheart. And have a good time and just think about, if you’re thinking of me, you know that I’m thinking of you, ok? Bye, bye.
Well, I’m gon’ have to go. I love you, baby. I do love you. We’ll stay in contact, ok? Alright, bye, bye, sweetheart.
(Video above: Audio of a conversation between Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason)
Hey, baby. I have been surrounded by people all day long. And then I’ve been called by eight million folks from Montgomery. I get texts from everybody in the world from Montgomery. And you know what? They said, “I sure do hope you’re having a good time at the beach.” And I started to say, “Y’all are crazy as hell,” too.
You know, I love you.
How you doin’?
No, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about Blaine calls me fifteen times, and Bill O’Conner calls me. And we’ve gone all over the whole county trying to find furniture. And I ain’t paying $1,500 for a piece of furniture, you know? Well, Dianne’s not trying to do that anyway.
And y’all go to the play in a few minutes?
That’s why I’m stressing out ‘cause everybody’s around and I’ve had security guards everywhere I’m going… (inaudible)
You’ve got folks near you?
Well, I’m sorry, baby… I’m just going through the frustration that I’ve had all day long.
No, I’m not mad at you, I’m just… Well, sweetheart, it’s not your fault. It’d be this way and it doesn’t have anything to do with you and I texting. This is this life.
Anyway, y’all had a good day? Have you had a good day?
Sweetheart, you seem mad. You miss me?
I told you it was not you, ok?
Well, I have had a million folks calling me. It’s just amazing. When I leave it’s like, “No, I know you’re on vacation, but (inaudible).”
Hey, I love you. And I miss you.
Did you buy some pretty stuff?
What’s the matter, baby?
Are you having one of your down times?
I’m sorry. Baby, hey listen, sweetheart, don’t get mad at me.
I know, you don’t know when you can text me, when you can call me. I know that. I know. I know that, sweetheart…
Ok. Ok, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
Baby, it’s not your fault. I am…
You can do it…
I know, sweetheart. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please, baby, don’t. Just don’t. Listen, baby, I know. I know.
I thought we had a lot of good contact today.
Look, sweetheart… You do the best you can, and I’m doing the best I can, ok? I really am. I really am. Look, I have to fight for everything (inaudible), ok? I mean, I really… Baby, let me tell you, I’m looking right now at a text from Wanda that says, from Pam Chestnut, “Can Cary and Franklin have at least an hour following staff meeting on Monday morning? That would be a great time to get bills signed and returned. We also need to schedule some time Tuesday as well, just in case.” And you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking, “That time isn’t your time, that’s the time I want to spend with Rebekah, ok?” You know, baby, so…
You need to tell me when you’re going and coming back. I know what you’re saying. I do… Baby, I do care. I wanted to know. See that’s why I didn’t text you last night. I honestly thought that you were at the play last night. That’s why I didn’t text you, ok?
Well, but I appreciate you (inaudible). What time y’all leaving? You leaving at 6 o’clock? You gotta leave. Ok, baby, I know you gotta go. Please, listen, Rebekah. Listen to me, ok? I love you. I go through a lot and you go through a lot. We both go to a lot of trouble just trying to be together.
And, sweetheart. Listen to me. I love you. I’m telling you I do. Alright?
But I love you.
Did that picture bother you?
Well, baby, we have to go on with life. If we don’t then things are gon’ fall apart, ok?
No, you can feel any way you want about it and I understand that.
Baby, I love you, ok? I love you. And I know, baby, we’re in a difficult situation, ok? And unless I make things as normal as possible here, it’s gon’ be hell, ok?
Please don’t do that. Baby, just don’t…
What can I do? You get through at what time tonight, 9? Our time? Ok.
Can I just text you then tonight (inaudible). Ok. I will.
Listen, have a good time tonight, ok? I’m sorry. Can I tell you that I love you and you believe it? I do. I’m telling you I do, baby. I am, sweetheart, please, I’m just doing the best I can, ok?
Ok, sweetheart. Alright you’ve got to go, ok? (Inaudible).
I’ll text you tonight, ok? I promise.
Baby, I want to.
Baby, I, Rebekah, have I ever said (inaudible). I told you I loved you because I’ve loved you forever… This is not something new, I’ve loved you forever. I’ve loved you for many, many years. I’ve loved you for, I know, four. And I love you more now today than (inaudible). And I miss you. And I miss you. And I wish you were here with me right now, ok? And I wish I could hold you and I wish I could kiss you and I wish, you know, I wish that — I do.
You’ve gotta go now. They’re gon’ wonder where you are. Alright. You have a good time now tonight, and I’ll text you after a while. Nine o’clock our time? You’ll get it when you get back. Ok. Ok. I love you. Alright, sweetheart. You have a good time tonight.
You have a good time and I’ll talk to you later, ok? Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk to you. Ok. I love you.