Missouri Governor Indicted For Felony Blackmail, Led Away In Handcuffs

Gov. Eric Greitens (R-MO)Screengrab / CBS News / YouTube

Missouri Governor Eric Greiten has been indicted for felony blackmail.

Missouri Governor Eric Greiten has been indicted for felony blackmail over an episode involving alleged acts of sexual sadism and cruelty.

Greitens has admitted to cheating on his wife.

His former mistress alleges that Greiten attempted to blackmail her by tying her up and taking revealing photos of her without her consent.

In addition, Greiten's accuser alleges that the Missouri Governor threatened to release these photos if she were to ever publicly reveal the existence of their affair.

Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.

Greitens has made clear that he would not resign since the investigation was publicly announced three weeks ago.

However, state Republicans now believe his position is untenable, and see impeachment as increasingly likely.

Walker, an early Greitens supporter, called for him to resign in the days after the allegations surfaced. He renewed those calls Thursday when asked whether the House should pursue impeachment. “I called for him to step down three weeks ago because I thought this was going to happen. … My understanding was he was led off in handcuffs and that’s not a good sign for our executive of the state of Missouri,” Walker said. “He should resign.”

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