March 5, 2015 4:03 AM EST

A mayor in Mexico has found himself in hot water after videos emerged of him lifting a young woman’s dress and exposing her underwear in front of thousands of people.

During his lavish 44th birthday party on Mexico’s Pacific coast on Saturday, San Blas Mayor Hilario Ramírez Villanueva chose to momentarily disrobe the woman in front of 50,000 revelers. He also drew criticism for the event’s costs, which reportedly neared $100,000.

“When one is happy, and the women are happy, one doesn’t calculate. It’s not an excuse, but I do ask for forgiveness from my friend Rosita,” Ramírez Villanueva told Mexican television.

Ramírez Villanueva is no stranger to controversy, having confessed to pilfering “a little bit” of public funds in 2014. However, he later called that incident nothing more than a party joke: “If I were a thief, I wouldn’t have been elected mayor twice,” he said.


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