They call Missouri the “Show Me” state because of its inhabitants’ legendary preference for actual proof over political oratory.
The state’s citizens are now recoiling, however, at what they’ve just been shown about their Republican Governor Eric Greitens.
Missourians have known something was up since February when Governor Greitens was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of invasion of privacy, and stories of an extra-marital affair and a blackmail attempt using nude photos the governor took of his illicit lover began to circulate.
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Today, however, the Missouri state legislature released a special investigative report with the full, extremely graphic, details of the governor’s sordid and abusive behavior towards a woman who had been his hairdresser.
The report tells the pre-election story of the first physical encounter between the governor and his hairdresser in 2015 that makes it seem like he studied how to behave towards women by reading “50 Shades of Grey” and the works of the Marquis DeSade.
Having convinced the woman to come to his home while his wife was away, he lured her to his basement, had her change into his shirt and pajama bottoms under the pretense of demonstrating an exercise, and then blindfolded her and taped her hands together to a set of gymnastic pull-up rings.
He then ripped off her shirt, pulled down her pants, and took a photo of her naked body with his cellphone while she was hanging from the rings. He then threatened to release the photos if she ever told anyone what had just happened. The victim testifying that Greitens told her:
“You’re not going to mention my name. Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can. They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are.”
He then began kissing his way down her body until she protested so much that he let her down from the rings and pulled her into a bear hug on the floor. While his victim lay on the floor crying from the humiliation of the encounter, the governor pulled down his pants, took his penis out and placed it inches away from his hairdresser’s face. He then coerced her to perform oral sex on him before allowing her to leave.
The woman eventually revealed the details of her encounter to her ex-husband who summarized his ex’s experience at the hands of the governor as having “been half-raped and blackmailed,” an assessment the victim concurred with.
The report on Governor Greitens’ alleged criminal sexual assault and extortion is the culmination of a long downward fall for the former Rhodes scholar and decorated Navy Seal. While the calls from opposition Democrats for his resignation started when he was indicted on the felony charges back in February, they reached a fever pitch once the explicit details of the governor’s violent sexual assault were published in the investigation.
The governor, for his part, has refused to resign and is calling the accusations against him a politically motivated “witch hunt.” That’s Republican for “I can’t believe I got caught.”
The judge and jury in Greitens’ felony trial will make the ultimate decision regarding the facts in the case, but if what they’ve already been shown by the investigative committee appointed by a legislature dominated by members of the governor’s own Republican party is any indication, no amount of political oratory can, or should, save Greitens at this point.
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