East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer's
apparent transgender life has been exposed days before a primary
election is to be held, the Cleveland Leader reported.
Brewer is livid after photos allegedly
of him dressed in sexy female lingerie and makeup were leaked to
various media outlets.
Cleveland's NBC affiliate, WKYC Channel
3, was the first to broadcast the racy photos.
The segment titled Picture
Controversy was aired on Wednesday, September 23. “We have no
reason to believe the nearly four dozen photos we have are not real,”
Tom Meyer said in his report.
Brewer claims that his opponent, Gary
Norton, and the East Cleveland Police Department are responsible for
the leaked photographs.
“My opponent and his supporters,
along with members of the East Cleveland police department, have
circulated pictures they have claimed to be of me throughout the
city, and have caused them to be placed in numerous resident homes.”
“Some of the photographs – I have
heard but not seen – showed a male sex organ and fall within the
legal definition of obscenity. Instead of enforcing state laws that
prohibit the dissemination of obscene materials, I have been informed
that members of the East Cleveland Police Department, along with the
Chief of Police, were actively engaged in their dissemination,”
Brewer told reporters on Friday.
Both the candidate and department deny
any involvement in leaking the photos.
“I condemn whoever put them out,”
Norton told WKYC. “I think they are a distraction at this time
from the people of East Cleveland and what the City of East Cleveland
But Norton does admit he's known of the
photographs for about a year.
In a statement, the East Cleveland
Police Union refuses to identify Brewer as the man in the pictures,
defends itself, repeats its endorsement of Norton, and disturbingly
smears Brewer's masculinity.
“As we have seen and learned through
past practices, the Mayor will put his name and picture on things as
his 'stamp of approval' to show that 'HE' is responsible. Well what
stamp of approval is this?”