Missouri administrator admits affair, denies blackmailing woman

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was “unfaithful” in his matrimony but denies allegations that he blackmailed the lady he had an extramarital event with to stay quiet.

The Republican administrator and his wife expelled a matter Wednesday night.

It came after CBS St. Louis associate KMOV-TV reported that Greitens had a passionate attribute with his former beautician in 2015. The hire reported that the woman’s ex-husband purported Greitens photographed her bare and threatened to ventilate the images if she spoke about the affair. The ex-husband says the passionate attribute between his now ex-wife and Greitens occurred in Mar 2015, just months before he announced he was using for governor.

The lady allegedly concerned didn’t criticism on the record to the station, which expelled its report late Wednesday after Greitens gave his State of the State speech. But her ex-husband supposing a recording of her detailing a passionate confront she says she had with Greitens in Mar 2015 at his St. Louis home and observant Greitens told her the photos would be expelled if she unprotected the affair. She didn’t know she was being available by her then-husband.

KMOV didn’t name the lady or her ex-husband.

Greitens’ matter with his wife, Sheena, didn’t residence the event secretly or the allegations, but in a apart statement, Greitens’ attorney, Jim Bennett, said, “There was no extort and that explain is false.”

KMOV points out that, during his campaign and while portion in his first year in bureau as governor, Greitens has billed himself a family man. During his campaign announcement, he stated, “I’m Eric Greitens, I’m a Navy SEAL, local Missourian and many importantly, a unapproachable husband and father.”

KMOV spoke to the woman’s attorney, who said, “No comment.”

Al Watkins, an profession for the ex-husband of the lady who allegedly had the event with Greitens, pronounced they tried to determine after the Mar 2015 occurrence but that the event with Greitens continued for several months and led to their breakup.

The man told KMOV that he believed the story would eventually be done open and he wanted to strengthen his family. 

Bennett pronounced the KMOV report, “contained mixed fake allegations. The explain that this scarcely three-year old story has generated or should beget law coercion seductiveness is totally false. There was no extort and that explain is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens secretly years ago when it happened. The vast claims of crude control per these almost three-year-ago events are false.”

In their corner statement, Eric and Sheena Greitens said, “A few years ago, before Eric was inaugurated Governor, there was a time when he was dishonest in the marriage. This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together overtly and privately. While we never would have wished for this pain in the marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s redemption Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We know that there will be some people who can't pardon – but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are beholden for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”

In addition, a matter from Sheena alone said, “We have a amatory matrimony and an overwhelming family; anything over that is between us and God. we wish the media and those who wish to peddle report to stay divided from me and my children. “

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