Watkins: I was told the cash delivered to me came from anti-Grei - KMOV.com

Watkins: I was told the cash delivered to me came from anti-Greitens GOP donor

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Al Watkins speaks to media outside a downtown St. Louis courthouse Monday afternoon. (KMOV) Al Watkins speaks to media outside a downtown St. Louis courthouse Monday afternoon. (KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An attorney who received $100,000 in cash payments says he was told the money came from a wealthy Republican donor who did not like Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Al Watkins represents the ex-husband of a woman that Greitens had an affair with. In a recording made in 2015, the woman is heard telling her then-husband that she had an affair with Greitens, who is accused of taking a photo of her in a compromising position and threatening to share the photo if she spoke about their relationship.

Greitens has admitted to the affair but denied wrongdoing.

Watkins says he received two cash payments of $50,000 before the story broke, one of which came from Scott Faughn, who publishes the Missouri Times, an outlet that covers state politics.

The other payment was delivered by a courier, according to testimony by Watkins.

Watkins claims Faughn told him that the $100,000 came from a wealthy GOP donor who did not like Greitens and added that dislike was personal.

Previously, Watkins said he did not know the source of the money.

An invasion of privacy charged filed against Greitens in connection with the affair was dismissed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office on Monday. The prosecutor said the charge could be refiled with a special prosecutor.

Greitens is also accused of using a donor list from a charity he founded, the Mission Continues, for political fundraising.

A special session of Missouri Legislature that could consider discipline against Greitens is scheduled to start on Friday. Many Republicans have called him to resign.

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