Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (shown with wife Sheena Greitens at a 2011 event in NYC) admitted to having an affair, but denied claims he blackmailed his also married mistress
A formal investigation has been launched into Missouri Governor Eric Greitens after his former mistress claimed he attempted to blackmail her with an explicit photo at the start of their affair.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner confirmed the probe in a statement Thursday after the 'serious' and 'troubling' allegations were made public through an audio tape released by the unnamed woman's ex-husband this week.
'It is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence from leaders. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city,' Gardner said in the statement.
'Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations.
'If anyone has any information related to this matter, I encourage them to contact my office immediately.'
The married father-of-two, 43, admitted Wednesday to sleeping with the married woman, but denied her claim suggesting that he tied her up, blindfolded her and snapped photos to later use as blackmail if she failed to keep quiet.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner (pictured left) announced her probe into Greitens after the Republican politician's married ex-mistress says he blackmailed her at the start of their affair
Greitens is pictured with his family during a campaign event in August 6, 2016. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with the unnamed woman in March 2015
The sexual relationship between the woman and the Republican politician, who assumed office in January 2017, began in March 2015, his former lover's now ex-husband revealed in the bombshell story to St. Louis TV station KMOV.
In the audio recording, the woman purported to be Gretiten's lover is heard telling her husband about a physical interaction she had with the lawmaker just days earlier.
The woman said she met Greitens, a client, at her hair salon roughly one year before - when she revealed she was 'instantly' attracted to him.
One Saturday morning in March of the following year, she went to his house, where the two had sex for the first time.
Then he allegedly threatened to expose naked images of her if she told anyone what happened.
The distraught woman can be heard weeping in the audio as he explains the disturbing parts of the encounter that went from fun to frightening.
'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,' she first explained.
In an audio recording which hears the conversation between the unidentified woman and her then-husband, she explains intimate details of the sexual affair
The distraught woman can be heard weeping in the audio as he explains the disturbing parts of the encounter