Greitens Faces Criminal Investigation In Alleged Blackmail Affair

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Some Republicans are standing by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens as he seeks to move beyond his admission of an extramarital affair.

Then he allegedly threatened to expose naked images of her if she told anyone what happened. Among other things, Greitens' attorney is denying any violence, revealing photos or attempted blackmail.

The lawyer, Scott Simpson of Knight & Simpson, said in a statement that the woman is "extremely distraught" that the allegations have been made public.

The ex-husband of the woman with whom Greitens had the affair provided a secretly recorded tape of her confession to him, which included details of their first encounter.

A joint statement posted Wednesday night by Greitens and his wife, Sheena, said in part that "a few years ago. there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately".

The Republican governor acknowledged being "unfaithful" in his marriage after St. Louis television station KMOV broadcast a report Wednesday about his affair with a woman in 2015.

In any case, the story seriously damaged Greitens' national political prospects. He has barely hidden his higher political ambitions and reserved the web address years ago.

Greitens has acknowledged being "unfaithful" in his marriage, but his attorney has denied allegations contained in a recorded conversation between the woman and her ex-husband that Grietens coerced the women to remain silent by taking a photo of her with her trousers down.

The affair occurred as Greitens was preparing to launch his campaign for governor.

'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 first explained.

She said she later realized he took a photo of her.

"I wanted to share with you some statements that are important in light of news you may have seen tonight". The Associated Press learned of her identity but has chosen not to name her because she could not be reached for comment.

Republican leaders in the Missouri Senate and House released statements urging Greitens to be "forthright" and "accountable for his actions". Lawmakers were not scheduled to return until Tuesday. "Everybody was obviously disappointed - at a minimum - for him having an affair". It was sent to the same account that Greitens listed on a website he used in the campaign.

'This isn't fair to me, nor anyone close to us.

The lawyer for the ex-husband said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted him several times since October 2016 about the affair.

The statement does not deny any of the specific allegations that the ex-husband and his attorney, Al Watkins, have made.

"I am not after anything", the ex-husband, who was also unnamed, told KMOV.

A spokeswoman for the FBI's St. Louis office said the agency could not confirm or deny that it was investigating.

"The serious allegations against" Greitens "are very troubling", said Gardner, the prosecutor, in a statement. 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. He and Sheena Greitens were married in 2011 and have two young sons.

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

For Greitens to survive politically, it's vital that the facts remain exactly as he said - that he had an affair and nothing more, said several Republican political consultants with decades of experience.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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