Monday, March 12, 2018

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is accused of "slut-shaming" and use of racist attacks, as his lover's ex-husband testifies in Missouri House investigation


Eric Greitens
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was accused of resorting to sexist and racist attacks to fight off a sex scandal, as his lover's ex-husband testified before an investigative committee of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The committee has been assigned to look into blackmail allegations against Greitens, and his lover's ex-husband testified behind closed doors on Friday. Al Watkins, attorney for the ex-husband, said Greitens has resorted to underhanded attacks on his lover and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who has brought a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against the governor. From a report at krcgtv.com:

In an email announcing his press conference Friday, attorney Al Watkins, who represents the ex-husband, said he would "respond to the slut-shaming and demonizing the mother of his client's children, racially charged negative characterizations of the Circuit Attorney, and allegations of intimidation and threatening of witnesses involved in the current single criminal felony charge pending against Governor Greitens."

A motion filed Thursday by Greitens' attorneys said there's reason to believe that prosecutors enticed reluctant witnesses to testify by offering leniency or warning of possible charges or adverse actions against the witnesses if they did not.

Greitens is accused of taking a picture of his mistress while she was in a state of undress during an encounter in the spring of 2015 and threatening to distribute it if she spoke of their affair.

As for the ex-husband's testimony, the Columbia Missourian reports:

The ex-husband of a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens testified for an hour and a half Friday before a House committee doing its own investigation into the indicted governor, the man's lawyer said.

Attorney Al Watkins told the Associated Press that the man was asked to confirm that his ex-wife had described to him her interaction with Greitens, that he had recorded their conversation and hadn't altered it before turning the recording over to investigators. . . .

Watkins said the questions posed by the committee to the ex-husband made it clear that the woman had already testified. "It is very clear that the committee is well versed in the underlying allegations such that one is left with the impression that they are not learning anything for the first time," Watkins said.

Watkins' description of the ex-husband's testimony offered a rare glimpse of the House investigatory committee's work. A committee finding critical of Greitens could lead to impeachment proceedings against him.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...


"Five Questions On The Eric Greitens Indictment That Must Be Answered"

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/08/five-questions-on-the-eric-greitens-indictment-that-must-be-answered/

1. Where is the police report?

2. Where is the evidence?

3. Why did the FBI, the U.S. Attorney, and the police refuse to look into this case?

4. What’s the deal with the private investigators?

5. Why did the prosecution want so badly to delay the trial until the fall?

Anonymous said...

oh the delicious irony of you throwing shade on slut shaming! you who invades the privacy of individuals with no public standing in order to slut shame them. psycho.

legalschnauzer said...

@7:30 --

Oh, the delicious irony of a nameless troll throwing around clever terms like "psycho," while providing no examples of slut shaming here and not even addressing issues in the post. Typical. Too lazy and brainless to do any better.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the investigative committee apparently has already talked to Greitens' snuggle bunny. That could be bad news for the Luv Guv of the Midwest.

Anonymous said...

Greitens also has problems with his charity, using it unlawfully for partisan purposes:


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/once-a-selling-point-greitens-charity-now-under-microscope/article_9e0e8c9d-05cd-543f-9b11-cad117c2d4f4.html

legalschnauzer said...

@12:43 --

That's a very good story; thanks for sharing. It includes allegations that Greitens used charity resources to boost his book sales. That's a lot like the Jason Kander story we reported on earlier. From the stltoday.com story:


"The documents suggest Greitens’ charity may have helped boost his book sales — which, if true, could pose additional legal problems for the governor, or The Mission Continues, if charity resources were improperly used for personal business ventures."

Anonymous said...

@7:30 --

Aren't you due back in from recess?

Anonymous said...

Greitens is a typical GOP thug. Can't take responsibility for anything.

Anonymous said...

What is slut shaming anyway?

legalschnauzer said...

I have no idea. Seems to be a term that 14-year-old trolls cooked up on reddit.

Anonymous said...

Why can't these folks understand that charitable organizations are not to be used for partisan purposes? Not that hard a concept.

Anonymous said...

noun: slut-shaming- the action or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative.

In the context of this article it is leaning a little more towards victim blaming or using revenge pornography tactics to spread intimate photos without consent.

Anonymous said...

I'm not aware of anything Greitens has said or done that would amount to slut-shaming -- unless it's been behind the scenes. I suspect the ex-hubby's lawyer just pulled a slang term out of his rear end, one he knew would catch attention in headlines -- and you fell for it, Schnauzer!

Anonymous said...

With a felony hanging over his head, possible campaign-finance charges coming, and likely more women to come forward, I'd say "slut shaming" is the least of Greitens' problems.