UPDATE: Chattanooga mayor denies inappropriate relationship with top adviser

In this 2015 file photo, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks to members of the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board.
photo Robert and Lacie Stone

Mayor Andy Berke denied allegations that he maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his senior advisers Wednesday, five days after his adviser's husband was arrested for domestic assault.

As soon as Bobby Stone, 54, went to jail, rumors quickly began to spread that he attacked his wife, Lacie Stone, 38, after discovering she was romantically involved with Berke, who is also married. Berke said in a statement that Bobby Stone was lying.

"Upon being arrested and charged, her husband made numerous false allegations about me and other people involved in city government," Berke said. "It is unfortunate that this situation escalated to the point of a domestic assault. Let me be clear: the allegations are absolutely false."

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