JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri legislative committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens has released an addendum to their initial report, accusing the governor of mischaracterizing the woman's testimony.
The House committee’s initial report, released April 11, detailed allegations from the woman with whom he had the affair. She testified that Greitens restrained, slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.
Greitens has said the affair was consensual and has denied any criminal wrongdoing.
The day after the initial report, 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."
The latest brief, graphic report from the committee is intended as a rebuttal to that statement. The House panel said the additional interview bolsters the woman's credibility.
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.
Maria Jeffrey, a spokesperson for Greitens' legal defense, issued the following statement after the addendum was released:
"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."
The Republican-led House launched its investigation after a grand jury indicted Greitens on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge over allegations that he took a partially nude photograph of a woman he said he had an extramarital affair with in 2015. He is due to go to trial May 14 in that case.
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.
The panel is still investigating separate claims that Greitens took a donor list without permission from a veterans’ charity and used it for his gubernatorial campaign. In that case, Greitens has been charged with two counts of felony tampering with computer data.
The panel is expected to release another lengthier report later this week examining those allegations.