Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations

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"The allegations made against Missouri's governor are deeply, deeply troubling".

As to whether Greitens will still attend the convention or speak, "that is a decision that he and his wife will have to make in the coming weeks as they figure out how best to move forward", Brooks said. But private issues aside, the accusations made against the governor must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated in order to restore the public's trust to our state's highest office.

"A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage". The station's report, released late Wednesday after Greitens gave his State of the State address, said the woman's ex-husband alleged Greitens photographed her nude and threatened to publicize the images if she spoke about the affair.

The New York Times reported upon Greiten's admission, which included his assessment of the affair as a "personal mistake". "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", the statement said. His campaign capitalized on his military service as a Navy SEAL and his work as founder of a veterans' charity, casting himself as an outsider going up against a career politician, the state's Democratic attorney general.

The woman involved did not comment on the record to the TV station, which did not name her.

Louis obtained a recording in which a woman says she was blackmailed by Greitens to keep quiet after a sexual encounter.

According to KMOV, the tape exhibited a dialogue between the ex-husband and the woman, in which she admitted the affair.

The affair occurred as Greitens was preparing to launch his campaign for governor. "Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up".

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"I feel the same way about the governor today than I did a month ago", Schaaf said. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't know what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me".

The governor's lawyer told Inside Edition the governor denies a picture was taken and says he didn't say what's attributed to him on the tape and claims there was no attempt at blackmail. "If the Prosecuting Attorney has a legal conflict or lacks the resources to pursue an investigation, he or she may seek assistance from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Attorney General's Office".

Even before Libla circulated his letter, the Senate's two top Democrats had called for an investigation into the blackmail allegation.

Lawmakers across the state are reacting to Governor Eric Greitens' extramarital affair and the blackmail allegations brought against him.

In a follow-up, Bennett called the Talking Points Memo report a "political hit piece" because it cites Roy Temple, former chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, as one of two sources for the ex-husband's slapping claim.

Additionally, she has stated that Greitens slapped her when she revealed that she had sex with her own husband.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the email was sent October 20, 2015, three weeks after Greitens filed papers formally starting his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.