Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Missouri Governor Caught Up in Lurid Affair With His Then-Hairdresser

Missouri Governor Caught Up in Lurid Affair With His Then-Hairdresser

He said they also were looking to interview the ex-husband. A bipartisan group of Missouri state senators also to investigate the governor.

"A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage", the statement from Greitens and his wife, Sheena, said. Greitens has denied any blackmail threat, reports said. "It was a deeply personal mistake". "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately". An attorney for the ex-husband said he has been interviewed multiple times by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Missouri AGO spokeswoman Loree Ann Paradise said jurisdiction rests with the prosecuting attorney where the alleged misconduct occurred.

Greitens met with Cabinet members and placed phone calls to rally support Thursday while his attorney fended off with firm denials a smattering of accusations that Gretiens had acted violently, taken a revealing photo or tried to blackmail the woman to remain silent about their 2015 affair.

Greitens and his wife, Sheena Greitens, issued joint statements through their lawyer after St. Louis television station KMOV-TV (Channel 4) reported on the matter.

The woman and her husband divorced in March 2016. After further investigation, I have made a decision to launch a formal investigation into the alleged actions of Governor Greitens.

On the tape, she said that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up".

"Eric is family to the RJC and as such our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this hard time", Matt Brooks, executive director of the organization, said. "And 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 says she later realized he took a photo of her.

"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", she said".

The woman did not immediately return a call left by The Associated Press at the salon where she worked.

Greitens has strongly denied the blackmail allegation.

Sen. Doug Libla, a Republican who represents southeastern Missouri, wrote an open letter to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, calling to open an investigation into the matter. Lawmakers were not scheduled to return until Tuesday. She was married at the time of the affair, as was Greitens.

The investigation comes after a report from KMOV in which Greitens' admitted to having an extramarital affair "a few years ago". "I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.' Now we know who has been peddling that gossip".

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

Others say it's not the affair, but the allegations of sexual blackmail they want to be investigated.

Libla also said the state "is going to move forward".

Investigative reporter Lauren Trager of KMOV in St. Louis obtained the tape.

Bennett denied that authorities are involved.

"Any allegation of violence is completely false".

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced Thursday she will launch a criminal investigation. Much of her research focuses on China and North Korea.

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