Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens is under fire after a bombshell report from channel KMOV that accused him of blackmailing a former hairdresser to keep quiet over an admitted extramarital affair:
— KMOV (@KMOV) January 11, 2018
The story, if true, gets ugly fast:
The details are a tad uglier than just “affair” https://t.co/P7NBVSNdU9
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 11, 2018
.@KMOV airing allegations that Gov. Eric GREITENS, ambitious Missouri Republican, had an extramarital affair – report includes recording of woman telling her then-husband that Greitens threatened to circulate compromising pictures of her
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) January 11, 2018
According to the woman who Greitens has admitted to having an affair with, he took a photograph of her without her consent while she was taped to some exercise equipment in his basement:
“He used some sort of tape and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me. I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: “You're never going to mention my name, or there will be pictures everywhere.” — Missouri GOP Gov Eric Greitens’ former mistress, on tape. https://t.co/vD0zTJpilD
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 11, 2018
Greitens, through his attorney denied that the blackmail allegation:
Eric Greitens attorney: "There was no blackmail and that claim is false." pic.twitter.com/W7li8PRNQi
— Ashley Zavala KRCG (@ZavalaA) January 11, 2018
The governor and his wife released a joint statement saying they’ve “emerged stronger” from all of this:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued a joint statement with his wife, Sheena, via a lawyer tonight after reports of infidelity before he became governor.
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) January 11, 2018
But this might not go over so well with other Missouri Republicans:
Missouri GOP lawmaker tells me:
"Eric Greitens spent a year calling every Republican in the state corrupt. I’ll be shocked if any of them stand up for him as an alleged blackmailing psychopath."
— David Catanese (@davecatanese) January 11, 2018
Including Dana Loesch, who wants answers:
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 11, 2018
To be continued, for sure.