The star witness in a federal corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen said Friday that his relationship with the former first lady was strictly business, despite what one racy email read in court may suggest.
Maureen McDonnell wrote former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams “I just felt the earth move and I wasn’t having sex!!!!” on the day of an earthquake in 2011, according to The Washington Post’s Laura Vozzella.
Maureen #McDonnell email to Williams on day of 2011 earthquake: ‘I just felt the earth move and I wasn’t having sex!!!!”
— Laura Vozzella (@LVozzella) August 1, 2014
Williams testified that he couldn’t recall seeing the email although he found it funny, according to the Post.
The defense has suggested that McDonnell developed a crush on Williams because he “showered her with attention she craved” at a time when her marriage to the ex-governor was in shambles. The Post reported that Williams pushed back against that narrative Friday, asserting that McDonnell “did not ever discuss her personal relationship with the governor with me.”
When presented with 1,200 calls and texts exchanged between him and the former first lady between April 2011 and February 2013, the businessman testified that he “was busy.”
“I don’t do this, and I did not have these calls and texts in the middle of the night,” Williams added, as quoted by the Post.