JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The woman at the heart of the sex scandal with Missouri’s governor did not consent nor verbally object to being tied up, blindfolded, and partially undress, according to the House investigative report released Wednesday night.
The report also details that the woman, referred to as Witness 1, testified Eric Greitens slapped her and called her a whore during a different encounter. Also detailed are instances of slapping, shoving, and grabbing. On more than one occasion the woman was reduced to tears.
The House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight was formed by Speaker Todd Richardson on February 27, 2018, following the grand jury indictment of Greitens on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge in St. Louis.
The committee was on a fact-finding mission regarding Greitens’ affair with his St. Louis-based hairdresser and a tape made available to KMOV regarding an incident where he allegedly takes a picture of her without her consent and uses it to ensure her silence.
He has denied the blackmail, has not confirmed or denied a picture, and called the investigation a “witch hunt” into a consensual relationship.
Just an hour before the report was released Greitens pushback against the findings calling them “lies.”
The report, which focuses on the unnamed woman’s recounting of events, pulls into question just how consensual the relationship was and other claims that have been made in recent weeks. Greitens declined to testify and did not respond to any of the committee’s request for documents and sworn answers to written interrogatories.
Page 3 of the reports states, “The Committee finds Witness 1 to be an overall credible witness.” Other witnesses include the woman’s ex-husband, referred to as Witness 3, two confidants of the woman, Witness 2 and Witness 4.
The report details Witness 1 interactions with Greitens and how their relationship progressed from her perspective and what she confided in to Witness 2, who she’s been friends with for a decade, and Witness 4, who she’ been friends with for 30 years.
The first time Witness 1 was at Greitens’ St. Louis home, he tied her up with “this gauzed tape stuff” and then put a blindfold on her. According to the report, “…at which point I realize he’s trying to kiss me, but I don’t even want to kiss him.”
“Witness 1 testified that she did not consent to Greitens’ tearing of the shirt, exposing her,” the report states. She also testified that she felt like her “privacy was invaded” after he took a picture of her in that position.
After she was untied, Witness 1 started crying and Greitens moved to comfort her. He grabbed her pulled her to the ground and told her it “Shh, shh, it’s okay, calm down, calm down.
“Witness 1 further testified that Greitens pulled his pants down and ‘pulled his penis out…max, six inches or something’ from her face while she was still crying and felt that she had no other choice if she were going to get out of the basement,” the report details.
Later that evening, when Witness 1 went back for her keys, she recounts, telling him “I’m so angry. That is not at all what I wanted to do, Eric.”
After bringing up the picture he took of her, Witness 1 testified he said,”I know…but you have to understand, I’m running for office, and people will get me, and I have to have some sort of thing to protect myself. And I thought about you, though, and I felt bad, so I erased it.”
At an encounter in June 2015, Witness 1 went to Greitens’ house late at night, while semi-nude after making out he asked her “have you been intimate with anybody?” After affirming she had been with her husband, “he slapped [her] across [her] face.”
Witness 2 testified to that Witness 1 had told her of the incident. Witness 2 said she was told, “he had slapped her in the face and called her a whore.”
In a different encounter, after exercising together in what Witness 1 thought was a “sexy workout”, she said she was on her hands and knees in front of Greitens and “out of nowhere, just, like, kind of smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground.
“And I instantly just started bawling and was just like, What is wrong with you? What is wrong with you? And I just laid there crying while he was just like…you’re fine, you’re fine. You know, not really – I think he was just – I don’t know. Maybe that’s normal, but, to me, it’s not. So, after that, I got ready and left and went to work.”
The woman testified that it hurt and might have left a mark.
Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at firstname.lastname@example.org.