‘Beyond disturbing’

Governor accused of blackmailing woman with nude photo also allegedly forced her to perform oral sex

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. February 22, 2018. (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept./Handout via REUTERS)

Disturbing details have emerged about the allegedly violent and controlling behavior of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who was arrested in February after being accused of taking nude photographs of a woman without her consent. Greitens, 44, has admitted to engaging in an extramarital affair with his former hairstylist but denied all allegations of abuse or blackmail. Appearing before a Missouri House investigative committee, the hairstylist testified that Greitens had slapped her and thrown her around during sexual encounters that she was sometimes left her in tears and fearing for her life.

According to a report released by the Missouri committee on Wednesday, the woman said that she had developed a crush on Greitens but that she was stunned when he abruptly ran his hand up her leg and touched her crotch without her consent during an appointment. Later that month, Greitens allegedly invited her to his house and led her to his the basement where he tied her hands to pull up rings and blindfolded her before tearing off her clothes — actions to which she said she did not give consent. She said she then heard him take a picture with his phone before he told her that if she ever spoke about their relationship that he would spread the photos “everywhere I can … and then everyone will know what a little whore you are.”

The woman said that Greitens eventually unbound her after she told him, “I don’t want this,” and that she began “uncontrollably crying” one she was freed. But before she left the house, she said Greitens shoved his penis in her face and demanded oral sex even as she continued “bawling [her] eyes out.” Asked whether she felt she was coerced, she admitted that she had been “fearful” and that she felt she “had no other choice.”

During a subsequent sexual encounter with Greitens, the woman testified that he “slapped me across the face” after she responded affirmatively when asked whether she had slept with her husband since lasting seeing Greitens. In another encounter, she said Greitens “out of nowhere just, like kind of smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground, and I instantly just started bawling.”

Greitens has declined to testify before the Missouri House investigative committee and has slammed the investigation as a partisan “witch hunt.” Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson has decried the notion that the investigation was political, and noted that the committee found the woman’s testimony both credible and “beyond disturbing.” Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is competing for McCaskill’s seat, have both called on Greitens to resign.

Watch Greitens’ full response to the accusations against him below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press and BuzzFeed.

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