The man who claimed to have had an extramarital affair with Chris Watts before the Colorado father allegedly killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters is not the person authorities were referring to in redacted police documents that referred to a relationship with a co-worker, that man said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the unidentified man told HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield that he had a 10-month-affair with Chris Watts, who initially did not reveal that he was married. Once the man confronted him about his suspicion that he was in fact married, Chris reportedly admitted to it — but said he was in a loveless marriage with his wife Shanann Watts, and that they no longer had a sexual relationship. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant when she died earlier this month.
People magazine has revealed further details about the man’s purported relationship with Chris Watts. The man reportedly said on the HLN show that he was not the person police were referring to in an arrest affidavit, published on CrimeOnline, stating that a police investigation revealed Chris Watts had been having an affair with a co-worker. That person remains unidentified.
At this time, no news outlets, including People and CrimeOnline, have been able to independently verify the man’s claims about the affair. But People noted that he mentioned specific details about Chris Watts that are not publicly available and that support People‘s own reporting on the murder investigation.
A source with knowledge of the investigation reportedly told People that Chris Watts was believed to have had extramarital relationships with both men and women.
According to the arrest affidavit, Chris Watts told investigators that he had asked Shanann for a separation on the morning of August 13, and soon after, he saw that she was strangling one of their daughters via the baby monitor in their bedroom, and that another daughter was lying on a bed appearing blue. He reportedly told investigators he then strangled his wife “in a rage.”
All available information about the investigation indicates that authorities do not believe Chris Watts’s story about how his daughters died. Watts is due to appear in court again in November.