Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

See also: Eric Greitens Is in the Hot Seat.

"At some point, if there's not a way to squash this or get it off the radar and out of the system, obviously at some point, it's going to be important for him to consider resignation", he said.

While Romine said that "all people are innocent until proven guilty" and that he is eager for the investigation to commence, he also suggested that his patience is not limitless.

Local CBS affiliate KMOV first reported the alleged blackmail after speaking with the woman's ex-husband, who said that the affair took place in 2015 when he was still married to her. It is very disappointing that her ex-husband betrayed her confidence by secretly, and without her knowledge, recording a private and deeply personal conversation and then subsequently released the recording to the media without her consent.

Officials in Missouri have launched a criminal inquiry into Governor Eric Greitens, amid a claim that he took nude photos of a woman without her consent.

A separate statement from Greitens' attorney denied the suggestion of blackmail. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign has stopped airing a TV ad that featured Missouri's governor. Eight years ago, he reserved the website name "EricGreitensForPresident.com". The information surfaced when a recorded confirmation between the woman and her ex-husband was released by the ex. Greitens then stopped and backed off, the woman said on the recording.

The alleged encounter came after Greitens created a committee to explore a bid for governor but before he officially announced his candidacy. GOP Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia said on Twitter he'd like to see an investigation by law enforcement.

"There were other things I wanted to ask him or say, but couldn't do it with (Sheena) on the line", the House Republican added. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't know what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me".

She and Democratic Rep. DaRon McGee of Kansas City said they're anxious about what effect the affair and the allegations will have when it comes to the perception of the state.

The Legislature adjourned by midday Thursday for the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Lawmakers were not scheduled to return until Tuesday.

The ex, who wishes to remain anonymous said Greitens began a sexual relationship with his now ex-wife back in March of 2015, when she was a hairdresser.

Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover
Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the email was sent October 20, 2015, three weeks after Greitens filed papers formally starting his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

While Greitens talked about being transparent and accountable, he has done the opposite, installing a phone app that automatically deletes text messages and keeping secret the sources of his dark-money campaign contributions.

The newspaper did not say how it obtained the email.

Editor's note: This story initially said the photograph incident occurred in the woman's home; it actually occurred in Greitens' home, as TPM has previously reported.

Bennett said the former chairman had not spoken to the person in question, presumably the woman Greitens was having relations with. He did not say if the ex-husband has also heard from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bennett denied that authorities are involved. The station declined to provide the tape or transcript in advance of running their story, which contained multiple false allegations. But the city's top prosecutor encouraged anyone with evidence of a crime to come forward.

Columbia College political science professor Terry Smith told ABC 17 News that Greitens' political future is essentially over. Much of her research focuses on China and North Korea.

But Watkins and his client decided not to go the media, because the man was concerned about his two children learning about the affair.

Greitens was married once before, but it ended in divorce in 2003.

Watkins said his client and the woman who had the affair tried to reconcile but that the relationship with Greitens continued for several months and caused their breakup.

We did not believe it was an ex-husband's story to tell.

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