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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens accused of unwanted sexual advances

13 April 2018

"This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false", he said.

In sworn testimony before lawmakers, a woman who had an affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens accused him of forcing her into a sexual encounter, hitting her, taking a nude photo without her consent, and threatening to release it if she didn't keep quiet.

Kehoe said the report's allegations show Greitens has lost the "moral authority and the ability to lead".

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens looks in a police booking photograph in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., February 22, 2018.

The Missouri Senate majority leader has become the highest ranking member of the state Legislature to call for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign.

"Should the governor choose not to resign, I am persuaded that he has not only burned bridges, he has blown them up to where it will be impossible for him to effectively lead the state going forward", Kehoe said.

But Greitens is vowing to remain in office and prove his innocence against mounting allegations that he denounced as "lies and falsehoods".

The report did not make any recommendations, but the committee will eventually be responsible for deciding whether to file articles of impeachment against Greitens.

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Republican legislative leaders said they would start gathering signatures from colleagues next week to call themselves into a special session to consider potential disciplinary action against Greitens.

The governor, a married father of two, spoke shortly before a special bipartisan committee of the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives released its 24-page document. The woman testified that she was tied to exercise equipment in the Greitens' home basement and that after she began crying and told him to stop, Greitens helped her undo the tape.

Greitens is refusing calls to resign. He later added: "This is exactly like what's happening with the witch hunts in Washington, D.C".

A news release from the Missouri House says the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight is scheduled to release its findings at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He said: "Let me be very clear about this: This is not a witch hunt, and the committee had no political agenda".

The woman's attorney, Scott Simpson, declined to comment on the video, citing a gag order in the criminal case.

The report says that moments later, Greitens ripped open her shirt and pulled down her trousers.

The report describes in lurid detail a tumultuous, months-long affair punctuated by instances of physical abuse, jealous rage and manipulative behavior by Greitens. After taking her keys, searching her purse, and patting her down, he said he wanted to show her a workout and invited her to change into an outfit he'd put out for her - men's pajama trousers and a t-shirt with a slit cut at the top.

"Witness 1 further testified that Greitens pulled his trousers down and "pulled his penis out ... max, six inches or something" from her face while she was still crying and felt that she had no other choice if she were going to get out of the basement", the report states. The woman said to the committee, "T$3 hen I hear him kind of, like, step back - take a step back and I hear - I can hear like a, like a cell phone - like a picture, and I can see a flash through the blindfold".

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20 - Attorney General Josh Hawley says he's going to investigate the use of a secretive texting app by Greitens and others in his office, saying there's a possibility that they're skirting the state's Sunshine Laws. "They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are, '" the report states.

"It just saddened me - I mean, just made me angry to think that this is the man who prides himself on being a family man and having these family values", Nasheed said.

"I was definitely fearful", the woman said.

After telling Greitens, "I don't want this", the woman testified that Greitens unbound her hands.

"Witness 1 explained her reaction: I just stood there, because I was like What the fuck?"

Greitens began kissing her neck and chest and ripped her shirt open to expose her, and pulled down her trousers.

The woman said she stayed silent, thinking that this was the "most embarrassing thing" that had ever happened to her, before finally saying she wouldn't tell anyone. "Coerced, maybe. I felt as though that would allow me to leave". "It was really hard for me to get through it".

The woman testified that she confronted him later that day about the photo and he responded: "You have to understand, I'm running for office, and people will get me, and I have to have some sort of thing to protect myself".

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From Greitens' initial statement to the release of the indictment, read the Post-Dispatch coverage of the governor's scandal.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens accused of unwanted sexual advances