Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations

Greitens acknowledged being "unfaithful" in his marriage after St. Louis television station KMOV aired part of an audio recording of a woman telling her husband about a sexual encounter with Greitens.

Greitens' statement with his wife, Sheena, didn't address the affair specifically or the allegations, but in a separate statement Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, said, "There was no blackmail and that claim is false". "It never happened", attorney James Bennett said in a statement. He says Greitens and the woman had a consensual relationship.

The Republican Jewish Coalition responded to the recent infidelity and blackmail allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens by saying the Jewish Republican "is family". According to a transcript of the recording, she said Greitens later apologized and told her that he'd erased the photo.

Greitens is not under criminal investigation, but the city's top prosecutor, Kim Gardner, encouraged anyone with evidence of a crime to come forward.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner on Thursday announced plans for a formal investigation into the allegations against Greitens.

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

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

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"A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage".

"This was a deeply personal mistake", the couple posted on Twitter. "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", the statement said.

The ex-husband said Greitens slapped his ex-wife after she told him she and her then-husband had sex, the anonymous man says through his attorney, Albert Watkins. She said on the tape that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up". "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. Senator Brandon Ellington (D-Kansas City) went as far as telling the Star that Greitens' actions could constitute a felony, adding, "Due to the serious nature of these accusations, I believe Eric Greitens cannot effectively function as governor and I strongly urge him to resign". Greitens was an Angier B. Duke Scholar, Rhodes Scholar and served as a Navy Seal. "If the Prosecuting Attorney has a legal conflict or lacks the resources to pursue an investigation, he or she may seek assistance from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Attorney General's Office". "And that's the goal of my contacting the Attorney General's office on this".

Republican leaders in the Missouri senate described the allegations against Greitens as "shocking and concerning".

"There was never any violence", he said. On the Democratic side, the calls for resignation began last night with Democratic State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, who tweeted, "WE MUST END THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION", a none-too-subtle reference to Greitens' frequent calls to rid Jefferson City of those aforementioned career politicians.

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