Bondage and Blackmail: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a family values conservative, has been indicted for felony invasion of privacy for taking nude photos of a woman without consent.
The Republican governor allegedly threatened to publicly release the nude photographs if the unnamed woman ever spoke out about their extramarital affair.
The Kansas City Star reports:
Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.
The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.
According to a previous report, Governor Greitens, while having an affair with his unnamed hair stylist, tied her up and took nude photos of her without her consent, promising to use the photos as blackmail to keep her from talking about the extramarital affair.
After media reports of the explosive allegations became public, Greitens confessed that he had an extramarital affair, but denied allegations that he blackmailed his hair stylist with nude photos taken during one of their sexual encounters.
Earlier this year KMOV published an explosive report detailing the salacious details of the bombshell allegations. As part of that report transcripts of a recorded conversation between Greitens’ hairdresser and her now ex-husband were released. The following is an excerpt via KMOV:
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 unnamed woman’s ex-husband told KMOV:
He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail. There is no worse person. I think it’s as bad as it gets, It’s as bad as it gets when someone takes advantage of something.
In a statement released on his Facebook page Gov. Greitens acknowledged he was “unfaithful” in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed the woman to stay quiet:
Joint statement from Sheena and I:
“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.”
An additional statement from Sheena:
“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.”
Note the terms “God,” “prayers,” and “forgiveness” – terms straight from the conservative playbook whenever they are caught behaving badly.
As for today’s indictment, The Kansas City Star reports:
After news of the indictment broke, Greitens was seen being led down a hallway in the local courthouse by several St. Louis city deputies…
Officials later confirmed Greitens was taken into custody and then booked at the St. Louis Justice Center.
Bottom line: Nothing says Republican family values like a conservative politician caught in a salacious sex scandal involving bondage, blackmail, infidelity, and a felony charge of invasion of privacy.