Embattled: A woman testified Wednesday that Missouri Republican Gov, Eric Greitens [photo], was physically aggressive and threatening toward her during a coercive sexual encounter in his basement
A woman testified before Missouri lawmakers that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens was aggressive with her during a forced sexual encounter and used a partially nude photo as blackmail to keep her from speaking about their affair, a report says.
The case against Greitens, 43, stems from his admission shortly after taking office in January 2017 that he had an extramarital affair with his hairdresser. Local station News 4 obtained a recording of the woman saying Greitens tried to blackmail her with the photo to keep quiet, though the governor denies it.
The evidence was provided to the station by the woman’s ex-husband, who said the affair dated back to March 2015. During his election campaign, Greitens had presented himself as a family man, stating: “I’m Eric Greitens, I’m a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father.” – A clear contrast to the acts the woman accuses Greitens of committing on tape saying his actions were “horrible and disgusting.”
False representation: ‘Family values governor’ Eric Greitens, wife Sheena and son Joshua in Chesterfield, MO as he delivers his victory speech in 2016.
The woman was Greitens’ hairdresser who, in a graphic report released by the Missouri House committee Wednesday, said he slapped, grabbed and called her derogatory names during their affair while he ran for office in 2015.
That March, she said he invited her to his St. Louis home while his wife was away. Greitens took the woman to his basement where he taped her hands, blindfolded her and then started kissing her, according to the report.
The woman said she didn’t permit him to touch her, and added she heard a click and saw a flash while she was tied up.
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“Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can,” the woman testified Greitens told her. “They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are.”
The woman said she was scared and started crying uncontrollably before Greitens forced her into giving him oral sex. She told lawmakers she complied because she thought that would allow her to leave his home.
She corroborated details released earlier by her ex-husband through News 4 of what he claims she admitted to a sexual encounter with Greitens back in March of 2015. The wife didn’t know he was recording their conversation as she confessed intimate details to him, the man said.
A St. Louis grand jury earlier indicted Gov Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the affair with a woman in 2015
The committee, which determined the woman’s testimony was credible, included five Republicans and two Democrats.
Greitens admitted the affair but denied the blackmail allegations.
In February, a St. Louis grand jury charged him with invasion of privacy.
He told reporters Wednesday before the report’s release he doesn’t plan on resigning, despite calls from lawmakers urging him to do so.
“This is a political witch hunt,” he said. “This is exactly like what’s happening with the witch hunts in Washington, D.C.”
Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said the Missouri House would move to impeach him if Greitens doesn’t resign.
Mo. Sen Claire McCaskill, demanded in a tweet that Gov Eric Greiten should resign in the wake of the report of the alleged sexual assault
Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, has called for the governor to “resign immediately.”
“The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front,” Hawley said in a statement.
“The people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) also called for Greitens’ resignation tweeting that “it is clearly time to put the interests of the people of Missouri first.”
Greitens’ trial begins on May 14.