A woman has testified that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens slapped, shoved and grabbed her several times during an extramarital affair.
Tonight, hours after the release of testimony from a St. Louis hairdresser to the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, the state's Attorney General Josh Hawley joined those calling for the governor's impeachment or resignation. Afterwards, she continued, Greitens led her to his basement, where he blindfolded her and taped her hands to pull-up rings, and ripped her shirt, pulled her trousers down and took a photo without her consent.
When she remained silent, the woman said Greitens "spanked me and said, 'Are you going to mention my name?' And I said, I just gritted through my teeth, and I said, 'No.' And he's like, 'Good, now that's a good girl'".
Indeed, in a separate encounter, Greitens allegedly asked if she'd slept with anyone since their first meeting, and when the woman said she'd slept with her then-husband, she claims Greitens hit her and told her: "You're mine".
She says that when they went to his house, Greitens grabbed her in a "bear hug" on the floor and coerced her into oral sex while she cried "uncontrollably".
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House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) announced he's formed a committee to investigative the governor's invasion of privacy charge. When pressed by lawmakers, the woman said she felt like she could not leave the house without performing the act, as if she "had no other choice".
During a follow-up press conference to Richardson, Missouri House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) said she thinks there's enough for impeachment. The governor previously denied that he had ever blackmailed or threatened the woman. Greitens allegedly said that if she spoke of the encounter, he would call her a "little whore".
When she told him she was angry about the photograph, he told her, "You have to understand, I'm running for office, and people will get me, and I have to have some sort of thing to protect myself", according to her testimony.
Greitens has called the allegations "tabloid trash". He then asked if she had exercised and had her change into a white T-shirt with a slit on the top and pajama trousers. Then she said Greitens added: "I felt bad, so I erased it".
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The state legislative committee set up to investigate the charge wrote that it found the woman a credible witness. She anxious that it might have left a mark but did not take a photo at the time.