August 15, 2013 10:14 AM

KC Councilman Michael Brooks admits online relationship, says woman tried to blackmail him

Yes, Brooks said, he had made a “terrible mistake” in sending sexually charged online messages to the woman. But no, he said, there was no pressure on him because of that to direct $15,000 in city money to a youth event that was later canceled and became the subject of a police investigation. Instead, he said, surrounded by reporters after a City Council meeting, the real blackmail had come from the woman he had been messaging.

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