On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair before he was elected governor in 2015.
The admission was prompted by local station KMOV after the alleged mistress’ ex-husband was interviewed. The ex-husband gave the station secretly taped recordings of his former wife admitting to the affair. The ex-husband’s and the woman’s identity were not revealed.
In the recording, the woman gave intimate details of the relationship she had with Greitens. At one point of the recording, she talked about seeing “a flash through the blindfold” after she alleged Greitens stated, “‘You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of you everywhere.'”
The woman claimed that Greitens told her that he eventually deleted the nudes.
Greitens’ attorney James Bennet denied the claim about the blackmail.
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Greitens’ admission of his affair came after he gave his annual State of the State address in Jefferson City, Missouri. He released a joint statement with his wife about the incident and stated it was a “deeply personal mistake.”
The joint statement read, “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. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately.”
It continued, “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.”
Sheena, Greitens’ wife, also released her own statement, saying, “We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”
The couple married in 2011 and have two sons together. He was elected as governor in 2016.
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