ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted Wednesday that he had an extra-marital affair a few years ago.
KMOV in St. Louis initially reported the affair, and on Wednesday night, the governor confirmed the report.
Eric and Sheena Greitens released the following joint statement:
“A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage. This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately. While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive – but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”
Sheena Greitens also released the following statement:
“We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”
According to KMOV, a woman said she had a sexual encounter with Greitens in March 2015, and he attempted to blackmail her to keep the incident quiet.
KMOV reports that the woman’s ex-husband said Greitens took a photo “during the encounter to use as blackmail.”
Greitens has denied the blackmail allegations. His attorney, James F. Bennett, released the following statement:
“The governor has now seen the TV report that ran tonight. The station declined to provide the tape or transcript in advance of running their story, which contained multiple false allegations. The claim that this nearly three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false. There was no blackmail and that claim is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false.”