Republican Senate Primary Upended by New Abuse Allegations

Republican Senate Primary Upended by New Abuse Allegations

Former Governor is fighting for his political life today, following new domestic abuse allegations.

Greitens, an ex-Navy SEAL, served as governor for little more than 18 months after his hairdresser accused him of sexual assault.

Prosecutors eventually dropped criminal charges after failing to find an incriminating photograph Greitens allegedly took of her.

Now, claims made in a sworn affidavit are threatening his political comeback.

The Daily Caller further reports:

Sheena Greitens, a University of Texas professor, and Eric Greitens filed for divorce in 2020, describing the split as “amicable.” However, according to the filing, first reported on by the Associated Press, Sheena Greitens claimed that her ex-husband assaulted her and beat their three-year-old son. Greitens’ behavior was so erratic, Sheena Greitens alleged, that “multiple people other than myself were worried enough to intervene to limit Eric’s access to firearms,” on several occasions.

Several polls have shown that Greitens is currently leading state Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Rep. Vicky Hartzler in the primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. Party leaders have expressed concern that Greitens, who was accused by his former hairdresser of sexual coercion and blackmail in 2018, could cause Republicans to lose what should be a winnable Senate seat.

In the filing, Sheena Greitens alleged that Eric Greitens’ “behavior included physical violence toward our children, such as cuffing our then-3-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and yanking him around by his hair.”

The Greitens campaign lambasted the allegations as a part of a “politically-motivated attack.”

“Eric Greitens is a great Dad, who was married to a woman with a documented history of mental illness and emotionally-abusive behavior,” a campaign spokesperson said in a statement. “This attack is nothing more than a sad attempt to force a father to yield custody of his children to a deranged individual.”

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