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Woman Gives Alarming Account Of Sexual Affair With Missouri Governor In Secretly Recorded Tape

​In an audio tape secretly recorded by her then-husband, a woman who had an extramarital affair with Eric Greitens a year before he was elected governor of Missouri, accuses him of threatening to blackmail her to keep her quiet. Part of the audio and a partial transcript were published by News 4 St Louis. In response, Greitens has admitted to the affair but denies the blackmail allegations.

News 4, which is choosing not to name the woman or her now ex-husband, reports that the affair took place in March 2015. Greitens, a former Democrat who switched to Republican for his ultimately successful 2016 campaign, began his first term as governor in January 2017.

The woman’s ex-husband says he secretly recorded his wife’s confession, which she offered just a few days after her first sexual encounter with Greitens. In the recording, she claims that Greitens taped her hands down and blindfolded her, and then took a photo, warning, “you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.”

Below are the excerpts of the transcript provided by News 4 (the excerpts of the recording can be heard here; note: formatting adjusted):

Ex-Husband: “Tell me the truth. The truth. Only the truth.”

Woman: “So, on Saturday morning, before my first client, I did go to his house.”

Ex-Husband: “For the first time?”

Woman: “For the first time. Ever. Like I said, nothing, period, had ever happened or taken place until this snowball. This (expletive) tornado just happened. I know I brought this on.”

The woman explains that her interactions with Greitens were sometimes initiated by herself. They met-because she cut his hair.

Woman: “I met Eric a year ago and I instantly had a big crush on him.”

She said she felt drawn to talk to him. But when he told her, “I want you to come over” to his house, she first said no. She wanted to meet for coffee.

But Greitens said, “I can’t, I can’t be seen with you. This is wrong.”

Woman: “I said, ‘I know.’ So he said. ‘Just, please come to my house.'”

She stated she agreed to go to his house to “talk.” It’s unclear where Greitens’ wife or children were at this time. The woman said that when the sexual encounter began that Saturday and said it was consensual.

Woman: “He said: ‘I’ll make you feel better. I’ll make you feel good. Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up.’ And I knew he was being sexual and I still let him. And he used some sort of tape, I don’t what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me.”

She went on to say that some of his actions-scared her.

Woman: “I didn’t even know. I feel like I don’t even know. I was just numb. I just stood there and didn’t (expletive) know.”

She went on, describing what Greitens allegedly did next that made her feel sick.

Woman: “He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: ‘you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.'”

The woman goes on to say that she had at least one other sexual encounter with Greitens later that day. She also says that Greitens apologized and said he deleted the picture.

News 4 reports that the woman and her husband tried to reconcile, but Greitens’ continued presence in her life thwarted the effort. The two sought a divorce in March 2016.

His then-wife’s allegation that Greitens threatened to blackmail her, as well as heightened media pressure, is what spurred her ex-husband to come forward. “He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail. There is no worse person,” he told News 4 in an interview. “I think it’s as bad as it gets, It’s as bad as it gets when someone takes advantage of something.”

News 4 reports that an email sent by the woman in October 2015 indicates that Greitens maintained some degree of contact. “Eric, I am asking you to please consider all who are involved and the circumstances around us,” she allegedly wrote. “I need you to not book at the salon anymore. This isn’t fair to me, nor anyone close to us. Please respect me and my wishes.”

An attorney for Gov. Greitens released a statement late Wednesday unequivocally denying the blackmail accusation:

The governor has now seen the TV report that ran tonight. The station declined to provide the tape or transcript in advance of running their story, which contained multiple false allegations. The claim that this nearly three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false. There was no blackmail and that claim is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false.

Greitens did not respond to News 4’s requests for comment on the alleged blackmail, but he and his wife, Sheena, issued a statement admitting that the affair occurred but saying they had “dealt with this together honestly and privately”:

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. 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.

His wife added her own personal 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.”