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Report Details Sex Claims Against Missouri Governor

The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV
Melinda Barton | 12 April, 2018, 03:53

The details were included in a graphic report released by a House investigative committee Wednesday.

Greitens has denied criminal wrongdoing and said there was no blackmail threat, though he has not denied photographing the woman.

"We fully expect that the report being released tonight will include lies and falsehoods", Greitens said.

One hour before the release of the report, the governor said in a press conference that the report represented a political witch hunt.

Greitens, who was widely considered a rising star within the Republican Party, has been under intense scrutiny and faced calls to resign since he was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in late February.

Now she admits that she doesn't know for sure if he took pictures of her.

The House Special Investigative Committee released its report on Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday afternoon revealing that his former mistress believed their first sexual encounter was not consensual.

The governor was referring to a court filing from a criminal case in St. Louis in which his legal team released an excerpt of the woman's testimony saying she doesn't know if her belief that he took a photo with his phone was the result of a dream.

The woman also told lawmakers Greitens slapped her when she told him she had slept with her husband. She said when it comes to impeachment proceedings, she wants to read the full report before taking any next steps. Greitens' lawyers have repeatedly asked to delay the report, publicizing a series of critical letters and court documents to reporters as the expected release date approached in an effort to portray it as inaccurate and potentially damaging to the governor's right to a fair trial.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and the St. Louis grand jury are known to be investigating The Mission Continues. Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity and instead they got a man who compromised the integrity of the governor's office.

A woman testified before Missouri lawmakers that Gov. Eric Greitens was aggressive with her during a forced sexual encounter and used a partially nude photo as blackmail to keep her from speaking about their affair, a report says. Louis political scientist Dave Robertson said.

While Briden said the governor continues to work with lawmakers to pass his agenda, Greitens has played a less antagonistic role in the Legislature this year.

"The aggressiveness has been tempered substantially and he's gone from playing offense to playing defense", Robertson said. "I've seen enough. It's time for the governor to resign", state Rep. Richard Brown said.

Still, Robertson said the already chilly relationship between Greitens and many of his Republican colleagues could haunt the governor.

This is a developing story.