Woman at heart of Greitens scandal, ex-husband release statements

5 months 5 days 17 hours ago Friday, January 12 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 6:12:00 PM CST January 12, 2018 in News
By: Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS - Both the woman at the center of the scandal surrounding Gov. Eric Greitens and her ex-husband have released statements. Greitens has admitted to an affair with the unnamed woman, but denies he blackmailed her.

The woman's lawyers, Joshua G. Knight and Scott Simpson, said she is asking for privacy.

"This story has taken an emotional toll on our client and she is extremely distraught that the information has been made public," the statement said. "It is very disappointing that her ex-husband betrayed her confidence by secretly, and without her knowledge, recording a private and deeply person conversation and then subsequently released the recording to the media without her consent."

Missouri is a single-party recording consent state, which means that people can legally record a conversation as long as one person in the conversation has knowledge of the recording.

The statement said the woman asked reporters to not publish the story and that the woman "wants to remain a private citizen and does not want to be a part of this story."

The woman's ex-husband's also made a statement through his lawyers.

They said, "While acknowledging the irony of the statement issued on behalf of our client’s former wife, our client has no intention of getting into a war of words with the mother of his children about betrayal, especially in light of the underlying circumstances involved."

The statement said the woman's ex-husband wants to bring light to exploitation of other women.

It says: "In this era of national heightened awareness and introspection on the treatment of victimized persons in our society, my client seeks to heighten the awareness of the reality that for every woman who has been exploited, victimized, and used by a man in a position of power and authority, there are scores of others, including spouses, significant others, friends, and minor children who become nothing short of forgotten collateral damage, carnage at the side of the interstate."

The ex-husband's statement said he, "has no interest in Governor Greitens, his political aspirations, or his future. Our client seeks nothing more than the exposure of the truth so as to permit this tragedy to allow all who have been used and victimized to commence the healing process."

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