The CALL7 Investigators have learned that three years ago the Denver City Attorney's Office became aware that Michael Hancock's car was seen near an escort club that was being investigated by police and that there may have been potential illicit behavior.However, based on the information given at the time, there didn't seem to be a link between Hancock and the escort service.Hancock was a city councilman at the time and is currently Denver's mayor-elect."I was aware of the issue. No information that came to my attention caused me to use the resources of the city attorney's office," former city attorney David Fine told Call7 Investigator John Ferrugia Saturday night.The city attorney's office does not investigate crimes and may have considered it, at most, a personal issue.This development comes hours after Hancock released an e-mail to supporters, in part saying that the allegations are false and hateful and that he's instructed his team to be open, honest, and transparent and to cooperate with all media outlets.Below is the entire text of his e-mail.
Dear Friend,In light of recent news stories, I wanted to let you know directly -- from me to you -- that these accusations are baseless and completely untrue.Throughout our campaign, we dealt with false, negative attack after attack. As the election grew closer, each smear against my character grew more and more desperate, deceptive and ugly.On Thursday June 2, I was hit with the most vicious attack yet. A groundless rumor that had been proven false over 3 years ago was dredged up only days before the election to diminish my reputation.Each day since, I have been working aggressively to disprove these false and hateful allegations -- allegations leveled by a convicted felon. I have instructed my team to be fully open, honest and transparent and to cooperate with all media outlets.We have provided the press with my calendar. We have asked Denver Police to release any surveillance photos, videos or other evidence that may exist (and they have responded by saying there is no such evidence). Every piece of information and fact we obtain further disproves these outlandish allegations and sets the record straight.We have requested my cell phone records and we will continue to pursue other documents and records to clear the air, affirm my honor and integrity, and protect my family against these hateful accusations.At the same time, I must also focus on the urgent and important work of transitioning from candidate to mayor. I will be sworn in as Denvers 45th mayor on July 18. We have just 37 days to build an administration and prepare to hit the ground running on Day 1.Were making good progress. Today we announced the co-chairs of the DenverForward transition, well-respected leaders of our community who will help review city department opportunities and challenges, recruit great leaders for the Cabinet, and help prepare to launch our first 100 days initiatives.Well have additional announcements about the Transition and inaugural events in the coming days and weeks as well.Im excited about Denvers future and the possibilities ahead.Thank you for your support.Sincerely, Michael
The Call7 Investigators continue looking into the situation and will bring you updates when we get them.