Family Values Governor Accused Of Tying Up Woman, Blackmailing Her

Gov. Eric Greitens denies the claim that he blackmailed the woman, though he has admitted to the affair.

Missouri's Republican governor stands accused of blackmailing a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair, using a photo he had taken of her as insurance she would not go public with their relationship.

In reporting on the affair, KMOV cited an audio recording between the woman, whom it did not identify, and her husband at the time. In the recording, the woman reportedly said she met [Gov. Eric] Greitens when he was a customer at a hair salon where she worked.

The ex-husband, who, according to KMOV, said he made the recording in 2015 without the woman's knowledge, said that the affair happened in March of that year and that Greitens "took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which said it had also listened to the recording and interviewed the ex-husband, said the woman described herself in the recording as being blindfolded and partly undressed in the photo.

Greitens has admitted to the affair, saying it was prior to his ascension to governor and it was a "deeply personal mistake", but via his attorney denies that blackmail occurred.

James Bennett, Greitens' attorney, issued a statement saying that there were "multiple false allegations" in a KMOV report on the matter that aired on local television and that "there was no blackmail."

"The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false," Bennett said.