Mo. governor denies slapping woman with whom he was having affair

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday Jan. 10 2018 in Jefferson City Mo

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Wednesday Jan. 10 2018 in Jefferson City Mo

Gov. Eric Greitens and his wife, Sheena, released a statement Wednesday night confirming the governor had an extramarital affair.

The governor is responding to an investigation by TV station KMOV in St. Louis. She also said during the taped conversation that Greitens threatened to release the photo if she went public about the affair.

Greitens posted a response to the report, which aired on Wednesday, explaining that he and his wife, Sheena, had resolved the extramarital affair years prior, and denied that any blackmail or non-consensual photography ever took place. "This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", the statement reads.

A first-time candidate, Greitens rose to office in the same November 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to power. He's not up for re-election until 2020.

A group of Missouri state lawmakers are asking the attorney general to investigate allegations against Governor Eric Greitens. She used to be Greitens' hairdresser. Greitens also claims the photograph does not exist, and denies the quote attributed to him on the recording.

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The alleged encounter came after Greitens created a committee to explore a bid for governor but before he officially announced his candidacy. Governor Eric Greitens' affair partner shared the details of the affair in a phone conversation with her then-husband, who taped the conversation without his then-wife's consent. But his attorney is forcefully denying the allegations that Greitens blackmailed the woman, which is what a lot of Missouri political figures are focusing on at this point in time. Crucially, the woman has refused to grant interviews about the affair, but that didn't stop KMOV from splashing the story just hours after the governor's State of the State speech last night. "There is no worse person".

"I think most people want to forgive", James Harris said. "I will let you know of any upcoming open press events".

She said she later realized he took a photo of her. Her ex-husband said he was hesitant to expose the recording but, after being hounded by media and law enforcement in recent weeks amid the News 4 investigation, he decided the story would come to light eventually.

She also said, "as hard it is not just to want to drop in and say, 'Throw him out.' I don't want to do that".

"He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said, "You're never going to mention my name" otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere," the woman said as she became emotional.

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On Thursday, Missouri State Senator Doug Libla submitted a letter to the state attorney general requesting an investigation in this case. Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington both said Greitens should resign.

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.

She stated she agreed to go to his house to "talk". Yet even before this additional allegation, St. Louis Public Radio host Jason Rosenbaum told CNN that he's heard of a "serious" danger of Greitens being ousted as governor.

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Durng his Naval career, Greitens served four tours of duty (Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Southeast Asia) and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. Greitens was previously married, but divorced in 2003.

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