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Report: Missouri governor mischaracterized woman's testimony

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A screen shot of the video of the interview. A screen shot of the video of the interview.

A woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledged having a consensual affair told prosecutors that Greitens coaxed her into unwanted sexual activity as she was crying "like a wounded little animal on the ground," according to a legislative report released Monday that accuses the governor of mischaracterizing the woman's testimony.

The brief, graphic report from a special House investigatory committee is intended as a rebuttal to Greitens, who had asserted that the video interview of the woman "undermined the narrative" of an earlier House report detailing the woman's allegations that Greitens had been physically aggressive toward her.

To the contrary, the House panel said the additional interview bolsters the woman's credibility.

The latest report highlights the escalating tension between the first-term Republican governor and the GOP-led Legislature, which is weighing whether to initiate impeachment proceedings to try to remove Greitens from office. The panel is expected to release another lengthier report later this week examining allegations that Greitens wrongly used a donor list from a veterans charity he founded to raise money for his political campaign.

Greitens already faces two felony charges. He's scheduled to go to trial May 14 on an invasion of privacy indictment alleging he took and transmitted a nonconsensual photo of the at least partially nude woman in March 2015, before he was elected governor. No trial date has been set yet a charge of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing The Mission Continues donor list to his political fundraiser without the permission of the St. Louis-based charity.

The House committee released a report April 11 with testimony from the woman alleging Greitens had restrained, spanked, slapped, shoved, threatened and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

The next day, Greitens released a statement asserting that a previously undisclosed video interview of the woman conducted by St. Louis prosecutors "undermined the narrative pushed in the House report."

Among other things, Greitens said allegations of "coercion, violence and assault" were "false." He said the woman talked for almost two hours in the video and never mentioned coercion, which Greitens said was inconsistent with her testimony to the House committee.

The new House report agrees that the woman did not use the word "coerced" in the prosecutor's interview, but it says she described coercion using other even more graphic words. When she tried to leave Greitens' home, she told prosecutors that he laid her down "in the fetal position," undid his pants and put his penis near her face, so she "gave him a blow job" so that she could leave.

She said Greitens was "just really coaxing me like a wounded little animal on the ground," the House report said while recounting the interview with the prosecutor's office.

The woman's name never has been officially released; it is redacted from legislative documents and she is identified only by her initials in court filings.

Greitens' attorneys are asking a judge to prohibit testimony from the woman at his upcoming trial because of the "gross misconduct" of a private investigator who interviewed her for prosecutors. Defense lawyers in a Friday court filing also noted that the investigator, William Tisaby, refused to answer questions when he was deposed last week. Judge Rex Burlison didn't rule Monday. He set a hearing for May 7.

Greitens lawyers have accused Tisaby of lying in court and being slow to turn over evidence to the defense. The St. Louis circuit attorney's office acknowledges missteps by Tisaby but says his actions haven't tainted the case. 

Greitens attorneys later released the following statement:

Just as we learned today that a member of the Jefferson City media dropped off $50,000 in cash to support this campaign of false accusations against the Governor, a report was released with more false information that has not been subject to cross-examination. 

As the Governor has said before, the allegations made against him are false.  Any allegation of sexual violence, coercion, or assault are completely and totally untrue.  He is innocent, and it has become obvious to almost everyone watching this case that the allegations made against him are now collapsing under the weight of pay offs, lies, and perjury.

The statement that came out today, failed to mention that the Defense is under a court order to not turn over the deposition.

In addition, the relevance of the video to the case was that it proved perjury on the part of the leading investigator, suborned perjury on the part of the circuit attorney, and that the lead witness told stories to cover for the perjury of the lead investigator.

Just today, the Judge in the case said that he will rule shortly about whether the testimony of the lead witness will even be admissible, given the lead investigator’s influence over the witness.  That lead investigator is now taking the 5th Amendment, after committing alleged perjury, hiding evidence, and falsifying evidence.  

Today we also learned that $50,000 in cash was delivered to one of the attorneys of the couple making accusations against the Governor by Scott Faughn, a member of the media who has extensive ties to the Governor’s political opponents.

We hope that the House Committee will investigate the pay offs of the people who are working to take down the Governor.  The Governor’s team will certainly be doing so. 

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Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and Summer Ballentine in Jefferson City contributed to this report.

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