The Missouri state legislature had previously 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.
Having convinced her 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 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 testified 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, ultimately culminating into today’s announcement for a special session.
Thus far, the governor has refused to resign and has called the accusations against him a politically motivated “witch hunt,” a common refrain for guilty Republicans these days.
Greitens continues to deny any wrongdoing, but his stubborn rejection of responsibility will only further sully the name of yet another Republican official to go down in utter, humiliating disgrace.