In a 16-page court filing, a former employee of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll accuses Carroll of carrying on a secret relationship with a female aide.
The former employee, Carletha Cole, is facing a felony charge that she made a secret recording of a conversation she had with John Konkus, the lieutenant governor's chief of staff.
The state has charged Cole with making the recording in secret and they releasing it to reporters.
Cole’s attorney Steve Webster, claims Cole didn’t make the recording and was, in fact, the one being recorded.
To prove her case, Webster said, he had to expose a secret relationship between Carroll and a female travel aide.
“We do believe that their relationship would suggest that the Lt. Governor would have wanted to discredit my client because of what she knew about their relationship,” Webster said.
In the motion, Cole describes Carroll’s relationship with the aide as “bizarre.” She claims on one occasion she opened the door to Carroll’s office to catch the two in “…what can only be described as a compromising position.”
“We do believe that the time will come when details may be necessary, further details, but as of right now, I think it’s sufficient to say that there was inappropriate behavior by our estimation,” Webster said.
Sources close to the governor’s office told WJHG the defense had been threatening to release this information for months and that the document was filed only to embarrass Carroll.
A spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott called the accusations “outrageous,” and said they don’t warrant further comment. The state attorney in the case is also remaining silent.
Webster said it was the lieutenant governor's chief of staff who recorded the conversation that set the controversy ablaze, not his client. He said there also was no reasonable expectation of privacy, because Scott’s office had asked Carroll’s staff to record conversations within the office.