Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, 43, who was accused by a news station of blackmailing his mistress with a racy half-nude, S&M photo to keep her from exposing a 2015 affair to his wife, declared victory after prosecutors dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge on Monday.
“Today the prosecutor has dropped the false charges against me. This is a great victory and it has been a long time coming,” Greitens told reporters. “This experience has been humbling and I have emerged from it a changed man.”
However, the Associated Press reports that a “special prosecutor or appointed assistant” from the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office is planning on continuing to pursue the case.
The governor’s attorneys expressed confidence that any charges will be filed, citing a lack of evidence.
KMOV first exposed the shocking blackmail allegations after Greitens admitted to cheating on his wife, Sheena Elise Chestnut, whom he married in 2011.
“Eric took responsibility and we dealt with this together honestly and privately,” the governor and his wife previously said in a released statement.
According to the Associated Press, this isn’t an end-all for the first-term Republican governor, and there are renewed calls for his resignation. Missouri legislators will meet Friday to consider whether Greitens should be removed from office through impeachment.
In addition to the cheating scandal, Greitens faces another felony of allegedly disclosing a donor list of a veterans’ charity to raise funds for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign without obtaining consent from the organization. He has reportedly denied any wrongdoing in that case.
[Feature Photo: Eric Greitens/Jeff Roberson for Associated Press]