Greitens calls report 'political witch hunt,' House Speaker defends report

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In the report, the woman, who worked a hairdresser, explained that she began seeing Greitens in 2015.

"The House Investigative Committee's Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens", Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is running for US Senate, said in a statement Wednesday.

The woman's claims contradicted Greitens' competitors that "there was no violence" and "no danger of violence" in what the governor has described as a consensual extramarital affair. He also referred to the investigation as "a political witch hunt", saying prior to the release of the committee's report that he "fully expected" the report to be lies and falsehoods.

The woman testified that during their first sexual encounter, Greitens held his penis near her face as she was "uncontrollably crying".

The world is exploding around Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. "I was so embarrassed and ashamed, because I really felt like a whore because I had let him get me in this situation".

Greitens on Wednesday criticized the House report as "one-sided tabloid, trash gossip that was produced in a secret room". Greitens then took off his trousers and coerced her into having oral sex, she told the committee.

The woman testified that Greitens initiated unwanted sexual contact and slapped, grabbed and shoved her. Greitens said he would show her "how to do a proper pullup".

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Greitens' attorneys had tried to steer the Legislature to delay its report until after his jail trial, arguing that it would embody some data that isn't completely appropriate and can taint the jury pool. Greitens will go on trial next month on a felony invasion of privacy charge for threatening to release a compromising photo of his mistress.

"I knew that he was an author, I knew he was a motivational speaker, I knew he was a Navy SEAL".

The woman's name never has been officially released; it is redacted from the legislative documents and she is identified only by her initials in court filings.

On one occasion, she said, he "out of nowhere just, like kind of smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground".

After allegedly ripping off her clothes, the woman said Greitens took photos of her with his cell phone and threatened her to stay silent, otherwise he would "take these pictures, and I'm going to put them everywhere I can. And I thought about you, though, and I felt bad, so I erased it'". They also said he was restricted in producing materials because of a nondisclosure order in his criminal case.

The state party's executive director Sam Cooper has even argued that the attorney who launched the investigation, Kim Gardner, is essentially working for George Soros.

When asked why she continued to see the governor after the incident in his basement, she said she had mulled over the question many times.