The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday admitted to an “inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local TV news anchor who lodged bizarre and unsubstantiated allegations against him.
“I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgement I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens,” Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said in a statement.
Athens, an anchor for the local Fox and ABC affiliated news stations, posted a video to her professional Facebook page last Friday alleging Berkowitz posted an illicit photo of himself to “an underage girls website.”
The anchor claimed the accusations were coming from “reliable sources” and said the story would be airing later that night.
An investigation by Anchorage police and the FBI into the allegations found no criminal conduct, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Berkowitz blasted the initial claims as “slanderous” and “categorically false,” in a Friday statement.
Later Friday, Athens posted to