JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the governor is "very confident" he will be cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation into an extramarital affair.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Thursday announced a formal investigation to determine if the Republican governor committed any crimes associated with the affair in 2015 with his hairdresser.
Greitens acknowledged late Wednesday that he had been "unfaithful" in his marriage after KMOV-TV reported details of the affair, including an allegation that Greitens took a nude photo and threatened to release it if she disclosed the relationship.
Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, says in an email statement to The Associated Press that the affair is a personal matter "that presents no matters of public or legal interest." He says the facts "will prove that fully."
An attorney for the woman's ex-husband says he has been interviewed multiple times by the FBI. An FBI spokeswoman declined comment.
Here are statements released from Governor Greitens Attorney Jim Bennett Thursday evening:
"The governor denies that the picture was taken and denies stating the words attributed to him by her on the recording."
"Any allegation of violence is completely false. It never happened. There was never any violence. Anything reported otherwise is untrue and we will explore pursuing all legal action. This was a consensual relationship that lasted multiple months and was years ago before Eric was elected Governor. "
"We have not been provided the tape or the transcript and know nothing about the circumstances of how or why it was made and so are not commenting on any motives of any person who is claimed to have been recorded."
"There is no agreement, written or otherwise, related to these matters and no effort to enter any kind of non-disclosure agreement."