After further investigation, I have chose to launch a formal investigation into the alleged actions of Governor Greitens.
Gardner added, "It is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders". Attorney General Josh Hawley's office did not have an immediate response.
Investigative reporter Lauren Trager of KMOV in St. Louis obtained the tape.
The Republican governor acknowledged late Wednesday that he was "unfaithful" in his marriage. Greitens denied the blackmail claim. "It never happened. There was never any violence", Bennett said. This is a three-year-old personal matter that presents no matters of public or legal interest.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - When Eric Greitens sought Missouri's highest office in 2016, his resume seemed hard to top: former Navy SEAL, former Rhodes scholar and founder of a veterans' charity. The outlet had been looking into a report that Greitens cheated on his wife, Sheena, back in 2015, and reported their findings on January 10. The governor has used his personal wealth and that of his allies to promote the theme, and he has helped fund GOP legislative candidates, seeking to link Democratic rank-and-file members to the House speaker, who also serves as state Democratic chairman. "I'm Eric Greitens", he said during the campaign.
The AP and other media have not released the identity of either the woman or her ex-husband.
The woman's ex-husband, speaking with News 4, claimed that the confession had made him "sick".
She went on, describing what Greitens allegedly did next that made her feel sick.
The woman alleges Greitens taped her hands to some rings and blindfolded her.
"He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail", the ex-husband told News 4.
Greitens and his wife, Sheena, also released a statement Wednesday night.
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But Bennett outright denied that the authorities are involved.
Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, wrote in an email Thursday that any allegation of violence is "completely false". The admission came as KMOV-TV prepared to air a report about the affair, featuring the man who said he was the ex-husband of the woman in question. Then he continued recording his estranged wife.
The Post-Dispatch also has possession of the audio and has interviewed the ex-husband. The woman said that when the sexual encounter began that Saturday and said it was consensual.
After the story ran, Greitens' attorney provided a third statement denouncing the report.
At that time, Greitens had formed a committee to explore running for Missouri governor, but he had not officially declared his candidacy. "In fact, I don't want to use those words because that's not my job". I am not a part of anything.
He said he only opened up about it after being contacted by law enforcement and media members - who left a voicemail on his daughter's cell phone.
Greitens has received mixed reviews in as governor.
Lawmakers are reacting after Gov. Greitens admitted to having an affair. He was fined $1,000.
You can read some of those texts below. But now the Missouri governor is being accused of some pretty heinous stuff. "Lead on and God Bless!"
"I think it's only fair to any citizen that you should be given the benefit of the doubt, and face your accusers". The claim that this almost three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false.
Others say it's not the affair, but the allegations of sexual blackmail they want to be investigated. (They divorced in 2016.) She claims that Greitens bound her hands nearly immediately after bringing her into his basement under the pretense of showing her "how to do a proper pull-up".