Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman before taking office, according to St. Louis TV station KMOV.
In a recording, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet. The details were provided by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015.
According to the ex-husband, the recording was made just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first sexual encounter. And also that Greitens took a photograph during the encounter to use as “blackmail” according to the ex-husband.
During his campaign and while serving in his first year in office as Missouri’s Governor, Eric Greitens has billed himself a family man. During his campaign announcement, he stated: “I’m Eric Greitens, I’m a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father.”
A contrast to the acts the woman accuses Greitens of committing on tape saying his actions were “horrible and disgusting.”
Greitens issued the following statement:
“A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage,” the joint statement says. “This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately. While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive – but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”
Another statement is from Greitens wife Sheena:
“We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God,” Sheena Greitens said. “I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”
Greitens’ attorney, James Bennet, later pushed back against the blackmail claim and said the news station declined to provide the tape or transcript prior to publishing its story. “There was no blackmail and that claim is false,” he said.