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Video of alderman’s bachelor party posted online, controversy follows

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A video from a Chicago alderman’s bachelor party was posted online causing the alderman to issue a statement saying it was posted as part of an extortion attempt.

Alderman Jason Ervin of the 28th Ward and his spokesman refused to go on-camera but they confirmed the video was shot in the building that houses Alderman Ervin’s 28th ward offices, just before his 2012 wedding.

They stress the bachelor party was not held in his aldermanic office, but another part of the building, a part not used for city business. They also say neither city nor campaign funds were used to pay for the party.

The video was posted on YouTube and involves music, exotic dancers and a videographer who keeps taping until you hear a woman ask him to stop, saying the video might wind up on the internet.

It did.

In a statement, Alderman Ervin says, “I am deeply disappointed that an individual, whom I regarded as a friend, would attempt to extort me, my family, and the residents of the ward for personal gain. I apologize to the residents of the 28th Ward for the attention that this has brought and I do not want this private event to overshadow the good work we have accomplished in the 28th Ward.”

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