Missouri governor Eric Greitens has apologized to his wife sheena for a 2015 extramarital affair with an unnamed hairdresser that is rocking his year-old administration to its core.
Fifty shades of Greitens
The affair came to public attention earlier this month when St Louis’ KMOV broke the story along with a recording of the hairdresser describing blackmail threats by Greitens. Recorded by the hairdresser’s ex-husband without her knowledge, she explains that Greitens had promised to publish nude photos of her if their affair ever went public. Gretiens denies the blackmail allegations.
But even without the blackmail allegations, the actions attributed to Greitens on the recording have caught everyone’s attention. According to a report in the Guardian the woman said that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her “how to do a proper pull-up.”
“I knew he was being sexual, and I still let him,” she 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.”
Greitens balls of fire
Rumours of various sorts, including possible other women coming forward, have been swirling around the Jefferson City capitol ever since. Governor Greitens had remained silent on the issue, speaking through his lawyer, until Monday when in an interview with radio station KMOX he admitted to apologizing to his wife, children, family and friends.
He also denied any coercion or blackmail, although when asked if he had bound and blindfolded and taken a photo of the woman he did not answer with a direct “yes” or “no.”
“Sheena and I dealt with this years ago and it was hard,” the governor said. “It was painful. It was hard because, as a husband and a father, I want to protect the people I love, and this was a case where I actually hurt the people who I love.”
“I made a mistake with one woman years ago. Sheena and I dealt with it privately. All of the other falsehoods and rumors that people spreading are just that, they’re false.”
Whether or not the governor has repaired relations with his family, he still has a considerable way to go to fix things with Missouri lawmakers. Calls for him to resign from both Democrats and members of his own Republican party are growing. A bi-partisan letter has been sent to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley demanding an investigation. Currently, however, the former Navy SEAL has no plans to vacate the governors mansion.
“I’m staying. I’m staying,” he told KMOV.