Leonard yesterday called the matter "nobody's business" and said he'd asked Adams before the story broke in 2007 if Adams had sex with a minor. He says Adams told him no. "He never lied to me," Leonard said Monday. "I'm a little put off that this is considered newsworthy."
Leonard also feels that Adams used him to strengthen Adams' lie.
"I feel disturbed that Sam allowed me to say the things I did as part of his campaign to deceive people," Leonard says. "I'm not understanding how he took advantage of my friendship and my loyalty."
Leonard hopes to introduce a council resolution on Jan. 28 calling for an independent investigation of Adams' behavior, to be conducted by an outside agency such as the Oregon State Police or Attorney General. (Commissioner Nick Fish is also now calling for an independent investigation after saying no comment earlier today.)
Says Leonard: "Based on my unfortunate interactions with Sam on this I'm at the place where I need to have some independent verification of exactly what happened."