Republican Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri filed a motion Monday claiming the woman center of the sex scandal rattling the governor’s mansion may have dreamed up a compromising photo that is the basis for her lawsuit.
The governor admitted to having an affair with a woman who used to be his hairdresser, in early January 2018. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, reportedly took a picture of her as a form of blackmail in case she ever tried to go public, the woman claims. The photograph is the foundation of the prosecution’s case.
The mistress detailed their first sexual encounter in an audio recording her ex-husband took without her knowledge. The tape was then leaked to news outlets.
“He said: ‘I’ll make you feel better. I’ll make you feel good. Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up.’ And I knew he was being sexual, and I still let him. And he used some sort of tape; I don’t what it was and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me,” the mistress said in the recording.
“He stepped back; I saw a flash through the blindfold, and he said: ‘you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise, there will be pictures of me everywhere,” the mistress recalled.
Greitens’ legal team is challenging the assertions, arguing her previous testimony to the Missouri Circuit Court shows she isn’t actually certain if he ever took the photo.
“Of note, the sworn testimony established that K.S. never saw a photograph, has no evidence of transmission of any image, and that any assertion by K.S. (the mistress) that she saw a phone on the day in question was based on a dream or vision,” Greitens’ attorneys wrote in the motion obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The motion highlights one of the woman’s answers, where she admits she could have dreamt up the incident, or seen it in a vision.
“Apparently recognizing the difficulty this testimony presented for the charges, the Assistant Circuit Attorney later asked K.S. ‘did you see what you believed to be a phone?’ K.S. answered: ‘… I haven’t talked about it because I don’t know if it’s because I’m remembering it through a dream or I – I’m not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened, but I haven’t spoken about it because of that,'” according to the motion.
“A witness who is ‘remembering it through a dream’ is not a witness upon which a prosecution can be based,” Greitens’ attorneys wrote.
The lawyers are asking the court to order the circuit attorney to provide all “exculpatory information” in its possession, including any testimony related to “dreams” or “visions.”
The governor has other problems. He was indicted in February on charges of first-degree felony in a Missouri circuit court for invasion of privacy. Greitens has repeatedly denied the charges and refuses to step down, despite calls for him to do so.
Greitens’ approval rating is still roughly 55 percent among Missouri Republicans, but only 34 percent of Missouri voters approve the governor’s job performance.
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