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Report: Gov. Greitens initiated unwanted sex acts

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV / AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from the woman released Wednesday by a House investigatory committee.

The graphic report details multiple instances in which the woman said Greitens spanked, slapped, grabbed, shoved and called her derogatory names during a series of sexual encounters as he was preparing to run for office in 2015. The testimony contradicts Greitens' previous assertions that "there was no violence" and "no threat of violence" in what he has described as a consensual extramarital affair.

 Read the House Greitens Committee report 

THE WOMAN'S TESTIMONY:

During testimony, Greitens' accuser said she thought she saw and heard Greitens take a picture while she was blindfolded and pantsless. 

 “[T]hen I hear him kind of, like, step back – take a step back and I hear – I can hear like a, like a cell phone – like a picture, and I can see a flash through the blindfold.”

30. Witness 1 testified that she felt like her “privacy was invaded.”

The woman then said Greitens said,  “You’re not going to mention my name. Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can. They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little [expletive] you are.”

The women said she was humiliated and then went on to describe what the governor allegedly did next. From the report:

This is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me. So I just didn’t answer at all, and then he 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.'

However, the report also notes that when the women was asked by an Assistant Circuit Attorney whether or not she saw a phone, she responded,

Witness 1 answered, “… I haven’t talked about it because I don’t know if it’s because I’m remembering it through a dream or I – I’m not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened, but I haven’t spoken about it because of that.”

The woman testified she returned to Greitens' house later that day because she had forgotten her keys. She said she confronted him about taking a photo and he responded: "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." Then she said Greitens added: "I felt bad, so I erased it."

In another subsequent sexual encounter, the woman testified that 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."

It "actually hurt, and I know that I actually was really scared and sad when that happened," she testified.

GREITENS WILL NOT STEP DOWN, CALLS INQUIRY 'WITCH HUNT':

Ahead of the release of a report by a legislative committee investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, Greitens announced he would not step down. In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Greitens called the investigation by the committee a ‘witch hunt’ and criticized other aspects of the inquiry.

"Let's call this what it is, a political witch hunt, based on testimony on someone who said under oath that they may be remembering this through dream," he said.

The report, signed by all seven committee members, describes the woman's testimony as credible and notes that Greitens has so far declined to testify or provide documents to the panel. It also outlines instances where Greitens' public comments appear to run counter to some of her allegations.

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Greitens said the report is full of lies and falsehoods and said nobody was allowed to testify on his behalf in the committee hearings.

"Keep in mind how this was written, no standards of evidence were used, no witnesses were cross-examined, no one representing me was allowed in the room, and no members of the press or the public were allowed in the room.," he said.

Greitens is accused of taking a compromising photo of a woman he was having an affair with and threatening to share it if she spoke about the encounter. He has admitted to the affair but denied wrongdoing connected to it. The affair occurred before Greitens was elected.

In the report, the committee said it found the woman to be credible but that it does not have evidence of photo or transmission of a photo.

Greitens is facing an invasion of privacy charge. He said he is confident he will be exonerated.

"In just 33 days a court of law will let every person know truth and know and my innocence," said Greitens.

He later released the following statement:

This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false. This was a months-long consenting relationship between two adults.

The accusations published in the House Committee's report will be directly contradicted by the facts that emerge in court. In just 33 days, a court of law and a jury of my peers will let every person in Missouri know the truth and prove my innocence. 

This was an unfortunate process, in which good people, including some on the committee, were left to try and do the right thing and sort through lies and falsehoods without access to the full facts. In the court of law, everyone will have the facts, and these allegations will be proven false.

DEMOCRATS RESPOND:

Many lawmakers have called for him to step down.

The leader of the Democrats in the Missouri House said Greitens should step down and that lawmakers should start impeachment proceedings if he refuses to do so. State Rep. Gail McCann Beatty said taking action on Greitens is the most important thing the legislature can do other than passing a budget.

The two Democrats that sit on the investigative committee pushed back on Greitens critique saying the committee “remains dedicated to its task and will not be deterred by Eric Greitens’ baseless attacks on our witnesses, our integrity or our common sense.”

GOP HOUSE SPEAKER DEFENDS COMMITTEE:

Speaker Todd Richardson said the committee’s report was “not a witch hunt,” adding that the committee had no political agenda.

Richardson also said the committee gave Greitens the chance to testify.

COMMITTEE WILL KEEP WORKING:

Richardson said the committee voted to keep working and could make recommendations about any disciplinary action that might be taken, including impeachment.

SPECIAL SESSION COULD BE CALLED:

Richardson said any recommendations on disciplinary action will come after the May 18 end of the regular legislative session. He says lawmakers will take steps to call themselves into a special session.

That means any legislative action also could come after Greitens' criminal trial on a felony invasion of privacy charge .That trial is to start May 14.

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