Missouri governor denies blackmailing the woman he was having an affair with

Missouri governor denies blackmailing the woman he was having an affair with

Missouri governor denies blackmailing the woman he was having an affair with

Eric Greitens (R) took to Twitter on Wednesday night to address a report about him having an affair during his marriage. On the recording, the woman gave details about a sexual encounter she says she had with Greitens in March 2015 at his St. Louis home.

The story was first reported by KMOV-TV, citing a recording made by the ex-husband of his wife confessing to the affair with Greitens. On the recording, the woman also says that Greitens apologized and said he'd deleted the photograph of her, according to the station. According to Watkins, the ex-husband says Greitens became upset when the woman said she had sex with the ex-husband during a period when they were trying to reconcile.

"He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail", the ex-husband told News 4. Also, she claimed that he said she would never say his name or pictures of her would be everywhere. "After further consideration, I have chose to launch a formal investigation", she said.

Though the affair only came to light this week, rumors have swirled about Greitens' relationship with the woman since before he took office.

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. However, Greitens denied allegations of blackmail.

The accuser and her ex-husband have not been named.

Woman: "I didn't even know".

Questions about KMOV-TV's report were referred to attorney James Bennett, who provided the News-Leader with two statements, one of them a joint statement from Eric and Sheena Greitens.

The woman alleges Greitens taped her hands to some rings and blindfolded her. The top prosecutor in St. Louis quickly launched an investigation. "I just want to move on with my life".

Attorney General Josh Hawley's office released a statement Thursday evening saying his office doesn't have jurisdiction to investigate, and shortly after, Kimberley Gardner, the Circuit Attorney in St. Louis announced she is opening a formal investigation into the blackmail allegations surrounding Greitens. "There was no 'blackmail, ' and that claim is false".

Chappelle-Nadal said she has some words of advice for Greitens. "I said, I know".

The governor, in a statement with his wife, said the extramarital affair "was a deeply personal mistake".

'The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these nearly three-year-ago events are false'.

The couple stated that, while some people may not be able to forgive the affair, they were grateful for anyone who could "find it in [their] heart" to accept the rushed apology.

"With the governor's reliance on secretive dark money, his alleged destruction of public records, and overall lack of transparency, deception has been a key part of Eric Greitens' administration", said Democratic House Assistant Minority Leader Gina Mitten. His wife, Sheena, is so far standing by the governor, and in a Facebook post said, "We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God".

In response, Greitens' attorney stated that his client had a months-long consensual relationship (prior to his election as governor, although that doesn't matter) with the mistress but that "there was never any violence".

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