A woman who lawmakers believe to be a credible witness says Eric Greitens, the married Republican governor of Missouri, slapped her during sex and coerced her into performing oral sex on him while she was crying, according to a graphic new report released Wednesday by the state’s House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight.
In her testimony to the committee, the woman says that while at his house, Greitens grabbed her in a “bear hug,” laid her on the floor, and pulled out his penis while she cried “uncontrollably.” She added that she “didn’t feel necessarily able to leave without performing oral sex.”
In a later encounter, after Greitens learned she’d been sleeping with her husband, she said he “slapped me across my face, just like hard to where I was like, What?”
These details contradict Greitens’ earlier statements that “there was no violence” and “no threat of violence” in what he described as a consensual extramarital affair.
The witness also claims that Greitens threatened to distribute a nude photo of her he had taken without her permission if she spoke of the encounter, the basis of a felony invasion of privacy charge Greitens was arrested for back in February.
At a press conference earlier in the day, Greitens denied all of the accusations in the report, calling it a “political witch-hunt.” He declined to testify or provide documents to the committee, instead saying “In just 33 days a court of law and jury will let every person in Missouri know the truth and prove my innocence.” Greitens previously admitted to the affair, but maintains he did not photograph the woman.
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Cover image: Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens walk through the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, after viewing some of the damage done last weekend when more than 150 headstones were overturned. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)