Missouri Governor Admits Affair, Denies Blackmail Allegations


Because of course he did.

The woman in the affair, who has not been named or made an on-the-record statement, was Greitens' hairdresser, according to KMOV's months-long investigation. Greitens has denied those allegations.

She agreed to come to his house, and that led to a sexual encounter, which was initially consensual.

On what was supposed to be a banner evening for Greitens, he then was forced to issue the statement with his wife confirming the affair.

Later in the audio, the woman said Greitens invited her downstairs to teach her "how to do a proper pull-up". I'll make you feel good. And I knew he was being sexual and I still let him. Once she arrived, he told her he would show her how to do pullups, taped her hands to exercise rings and blindfolded her, all with her consent.

She went on to say that some of his actions-scared her. "I know I brought it on". I was just numb. This (expletive) tornado just happened.

"The woman confessed her fear over "[seeing] a flash through the blindfold", after which Greitens allegedly threatened to publicize the images while stating, "You're never going to mention my name". He confirmed a KMOV report late Wednesday that he had a 2015 affair but has denied reports of blackmail.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft also released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by these complex allegations, which must be taken seriously".

"Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this honestly and privately", the statement continued. 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".

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.

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Bruce Rauner's campaign has stopped airing a TV ad that featured the Missouri governor who has admitted to an extra-marital affair, a spokeswoman said Thursday. See how that works? "I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children", Sheena Greitens said in a separate message.

"The husband did say to her that he felt that that was an attempt at blackmail", she told Inside Edition.

The ex-husband told KMOV that law enforcement had been in touch, and Al Watkins, an attorney for the ex-husband, backed up his client's claim. And please focus on the real victims here: me and my kids.

The AP and other media have not released the identity of either the woman or her ex-husband.

"We have been asked repeatedly by reputable news outlets why we believe this almost three-year-old news story is coming out now".

Nice governor you've got there, Missouri.

The ex-husband recorded his wife confessing to her sexual encounters with Greitens, but according to the report, she did not know she was being recorded.

UPDATE 3: The Hill reports.

The explosive allegations prompted the opening of a probe by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office and touched off calls by several Republican Missouri state senators to call for an immediate investigation by the state's attorney general - and for Greitens, a Republican, to resign if the blackmail allegations are proven to be true. Other Republicans and Democrats have said they want an investigation, which the St. Louis circuit attorney has launched.

"If it's true, it's very troubling".