Scandal-scarred Alabama governor Bentley refuses to quit

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Alabama's scandal-scarred governor was refusing to quit Thursday after he was accused of sleeping with his top political adviser — and after steamy excerpts from a purported telephone conversation between the alleged adulterers emerged.

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"Baby, lemme tell you what we're gonna have to do tonight," Gov. Robert Bentley can be heard telling someone named "Rebekah" at one point. "Start locking the door. If we're going to do what we did the other day we're going to have to start locking the door."

Bentley, who does not deny it was him on the tape — but has refused to admit to a sexual relationship with Mason — was back at work.

"He is not resigning," Bentley's spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis told NBC News Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, his alleged paramour, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, issued a statement to Alabama Local News that dodged the question of whether they had an affair, but accused their accuser — fired Alabama top cop Spencer Collier — of gender bias.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley gives his annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
FILE -In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley listens to a phone call as Rebekah Mason, right, announces his win for Alabama governor, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent Democrat Parker Griffith. Bentley admitted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, that he made inappropriate remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley said he did not have a sexual relationship with Mason, but he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (L) upon arrival on Air Force One at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, March 26, 2015. Obama is traveling to speak about the economy. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE -In this Tuesday, March 22, 2011 file photo Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, center, arrives for a news conference at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. At left is Rebekkah Mason, Bentley's Communications Director. Bentley admitted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, that he made inappropriate remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley said he did not have a sexual relationship with Mason, but he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
In this photo provided the Alabama Governor's Office, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right, and state Sen. Cam Ward, (R-Alabaster) look through bars toward a dormitory at William C. Holman Correctional facility in Atmore, Ala., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. They toured the prison with Alabama state Rep. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette). Two disturbances have occurred in the last three days at the maximum security prison designed to house 637 inmates. The current population at Holman is 991, which is 156% of design capacity. (Jamie Martin/Alabama Governor's Office via AP)
President Barack Obama, right, stops to greet Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, after honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley smiles as he speaks during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley walks towards the door after speaking during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
In this images released by the Office of the Governor of Alabama, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley talks with Elizabeth Jamison and her grandchildren, flood victims who lost their family homes in flooding from the Pea River in Elba, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Elba Elementary School. The school is being utilized as a shelter for flood victims. Bentley said the levees, which protect the downtown area of Elba, are expected to withstand the river crest. (Jamie Martin/Office of the Governor of Alabama via AP)
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, file photo, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks to The Associated Press during an interview about the state budget, in Montgomery, Ala. Two special sessions are required before the Republican-controlled Legislature agrees to $1.7 billion state operating budget that includes both spending cuts and tax increases to plug a $200 million gap. The budget crisis was one of Alabama's top stories in 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Two special sessions are required before the Republican-controlled Legislature agrees to $1.7 billion state operating budget that includes both spending cuts and tax increases to plug a $200 million gap.
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, file photo released by the state of Alabama, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley presents the Great Seal to Polaris Executive Vice President-Global Operations Engineering Ken Pucel after announcing the company will expand production facilities in Huntsville, Ala., a move that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama. The announcement was one of Alabama's top stories in 2015. (AP Photo/Alabama Governor's Office, Jamie Martin, File)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right, talks with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, prior to the closing session at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Governor Robert Bentley speaks to a crowd of people gathered at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol after a march from Selma, Alabama, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday landed the endorsement of fellow governor Robert Bentley of Alabama, as the presidential hopeful seeks to build support for his White House bid and courts voters in the South. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley takes a short break to have his hair trimmed by Nicole Griffin in his office at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 2, 2015. He spent much of the day preparing for the annual State of the State Address to the Alabama Legislature, which will be delivered Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the Old House Chamber of the Alabama Capitol at 6:30 p.m. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left talks with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, right, prior to the closing session at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Gov. Robert Bentley smiles just before he takes the oath of office, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley laid out goals for the state in his second inaugural address on Monday morning on the steps of the Alabama Capitol. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley address his supporter after the announcement of his re-election for Alabama governor, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent Democrat Parker Griffith. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley smiles with his wife, Dianne Bentley, after voting booth on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bentley says he "feels good" about the governor race against Democratic challenger Parker Griffith. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Francie Harris stands with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right during half time of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Harris was names the Auburn University's homecoming queen.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, laugh with each other as they leave a tour of the Southern Research Institute on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. Christie praised Bentleyâs fiscal stewardship Wednesday during a stop to raise money for Bentleyâs re-election campaign and GOP executives in other states. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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"As a wife and working mother, I commute four hours a day to serve on a team alongside some of the most dedicated and talented people in the state, who are committed to helping our people," Mason said.

"Unfortunately there are still people who are set on hindering the ability of women to work in the political arena. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my professional career."

Collier blew the whistle on Bentley and Mason during a Wednesday press conference that send shock waves through the Alabama statehouse. He claimed he was fired from his post as head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday because he refused to cover up the governor's affair.

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A short time later, Bentley — a 73-year-old Republican who teaches Sunday school — admitted that "two years ago I made a mistake."

On the tape, Bentley can be heard saying: ""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 (unintelligible) and pull you real close ... Hey, I love that too, putting my hands under you."

Pressed to explain how he can claim they didn't have sex, Bentley answered: "That is not a physical relationship, making those statements."

Asked if he loved Mason, Bentley asnwered: "I love many members of my staff. In fact all the members of my staff. Do I love some more than others? Absolutely."

Mason, 44, is a married mom. Bentley is a father of four and grandfather of six. His ex-wife, Dianne Bentley, filed for divorce in August 2015 declaring that their marriage "has suffered an irretrievable breakdown," according to court records.

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