Governor of Missouri Eric Greytens acknowledged the fact after accusations of blackmail: At the end of Wednesday, the Governor of Missouri, Erik Greytens, confessed that he was “untrue” in his marriage after a television station in St. Louis reported that he had had a novel before he became governor and that he allegedly threatened her with blackmail about his sexual encounter.
“A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage,” Greitens and his wife Shina said in a joint statement. “It was a very personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we communicated with this honestly and privately. “
“Although we would never have wished this pain in our marriage or the pain caused by these others, with God’s mercy, Sheena forgave, and we became stronger,” the couple said.
“We understand that there will be people who can not forgive, but for those who can find it in their hearts, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion and your prayers.”
Griantes, through his lawyer, denied that he was trying to blackmail a woman so she would not be silent. His lawyer said that the report had several false statements.
“There was no blackmail, and this statement is false,” James Bennet, a lawyer for Greitens, said in a separate statement.
Statements from Greitens and Bennett came after KMOV-TV reported after a month-long investigation that the governor had had an extramarital sexual encounter with his former hairdresser in 2015, a year before his election.
The accusations were made in KMOV-TV by the ex-husband of a woman who said that Greitens had photographed his ex-wife during their sexual encounters and threatened to share them if she ever publicly told the news about their affair.
KMOV-TV did not name the woman who did not confirm the case at the station.
The ex-husband of a woman who was also not named KMOV-TV, provided an audio recording of the station where his then wife discovered that she had a sexual encounter with Greitens in March 2015 at his home in St. Louis.
In the recording, KMOV-TV reports, the woman says that Greytens told her that if she talks about this matter, he will distribute her photo. According to the record, the woman also says that Greitens apologized and said that she had deleted her photo, according to the station.
NBC News did not listen to the record and did not confirm its authenticity.
Bennett, the lawyer for Greitens, said in a statement that the report “contains many false accusations.”