Eric Greitens, a former Democrat turned Republican, was elected governor of Missouri in 2016. Greitens admitted to having an affair last month with his St. Louis hairdresser starting in March 2015. According to CBS News:
‘The report included an audio recording of a conversation between a woman and her then-husband — recorded secretly by the husband — in which the woman said Greitens had bound her hands and blindfolded her, taken a photo of her partially nude and warned her to remain silent during an encounter in his St. Louis home.’
Greitens threatened to release the photo if the woman ever went public about their affair. On Thursday, Governor Greitens was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on the felony charge of invasion of privacy.
Last month, after the information broke, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched a criminal investigation into the blackmail allegations. In a statement, Gardner said:
‘As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city. Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations.’
Greitens’ attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., denounced the charge in a statement:
‘In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent. We will be filing a motion to dismiss.’
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