Gov. Eric Greitens (R-MO) on Wednesday admitted he had an extramarital affair amid allegations he blackmailed his mistress should she ever reveal their relationship.
Greitens’ attorney on Wednesday issued a statement denying the Republican had ever threatened to release a compromising image of the women involved in the affair.
“There was no blackmail, and that claim is false,” James F. Bennett said, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened,” he added.
“The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false.”
Greitens and his wife did not address blackmail allegations against the governor during a joint statement Wednesday confirming he had an extramarital affair in 2015.
“A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage,” Eric Greitens and Sheena Greitens said.
“This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately.”
KMOV earlier Wednesday aired an audio recording relating to the woman involved in Eric Greitens’ extramarital affair.
The woman was confessing to a sexual encounter with Eric Greitens days earlier to her then-husband during the March 2015 tape.
The woman’s former husband recorded the audio without her knowledge, and the two have since separated.
The audio features the woman claiming she agreed to let Eric Greitens bind her to some exercise equipment, blindfold her, and then begin undressing and touching her.
The woman then claims on the tape, however, that Eric Greitens photographed her without permission before threatening her with the resulting image.
“You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere,” the woman alleged Eric Greitens told her on the recording.
Eric Greitens’ encounter with the woman, who was his hair stylist, occurred roughly a month after he began publicly confirming he would seek Missouri’s gubernatorial office.
The Republican was ultimately elected Missouri’s governor in 2016, and he has two sons with Sheena Greitens.