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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy over nude photo of former mistress

February 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy over nude photo of former mistress

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens accused of blackmailing mistress indicted for invasion of privacy over nude photo

KMOV.com

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted by a grand jury in St.Louis for allegedly taking a nude photo of a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair with and threatening to blackmail her if she outed their relationship.

Greitens appeared in court where he was charged with felony invasion of privacy in connection with taking the compromising photo of his former mistress while she had ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ and transmitting the image, according to court documents.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said the investigation was launched in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his hairdresser that began in March 2015.

Greitens was elected as governor back in November 2016.

Following the indictment, Edward L. Dowd Jr, the attorney for Eric Greitens slammed the charges as “baseless and unfounded” in a statement.

“In 40 years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this,” Dowd Jr. said.

In a separate statement, the Republican governor and father of two remained defiant, despite calls for his resignation and instead attacked the liberal prosecutor who filed the indictment.

“As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor,” he said on his Facebook page. “I did not commit a crime. With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon. The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points.”

The criminal indictment prompted House Republican leaders to announce they were forming a group of lawmakers to examine the charges and determine “whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward.”

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