Gov. Greitens calls investigation 'witch-hunt,' says trial will prove innocence

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The committee began its investigation after the governor was indicted in February.

Greitens is facing a criminal trial on a felony indictment in St. Louis for allegedly taking a compromising photo of the woman without her permission.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation over an allegation that Greitens tried to blackmail the woman into silence by threatening to release a photo he allegedly took of her without her consent while she was blindfolded and partially nude in the basement of Gretiens' St. Louis home.

In a press conference shortly before the report was made public, Greitens was defiant, describing the committee's investigation as "a political witch hunt". The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front.

And Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, the Republican who would be line for the governor's office should Greitens be impeached, said in a statement that "it is time to unite and put aside our differences", adding that "Missourians must continue to stay focused on the task at hand - moving Missouri forward". Representative Deb Lavender called the report "graphic", and said the alleged victim is credible and Greitens should resign in the wake of the report's release.

But once in his basement, Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings, blindfolded her, started kissing her, ripped open the shirt and pulled down her trousers, the woman testified. In a statement, her legal team reiterated that the governor admitted to her "on multiple occasions" that he took the nonconsensual photo and threatened to release it.

"I felt as though that would allow me to leave", the woman's testimony reads.

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". Once, she said, Greitens slapped her when she told him that she was still sleeping with her husband, with enough force that it "swung my face".

Over many hours, the woman told the panel under oath that the governor had slapped her a few times, and had coerced her sexually.

She testified that during their first encounter in 2015, "for whatever reason, I trusted him" but that she didn't want to "do anything physical with him". He then allegedly requested if she had exercised and had her change proper right into a white T-shirt with a slit on the very best and pajama trousers.

The woman testified she returned to Greitens' residence later that day on account of she had forgotten her keys. When she admitted to having had sex with husband, she said Greitens slapped her across the face "hard". He also said he would continue to serve in office.

It "actually harm, and I do know that I actually was really scared and sad when that occurred", she talked about.

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