Eric Greitens has been indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a felony invasion of privacy charge. He has been officially charged with felony invasion of privacy.
The indictment was followed with an announcement by House Republican leaders they were forming a group of lawmakers to investigate the charges "and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward".
Louis TV station reported Greitens allegedly blackmailed his hairdresser after an affair in 2015.
According to KSDK News, Greitens, who was reportedly led out of the governor's mansion in handcuffs, "was taken into custody in St. Louis and released on his own recognizance". Greitens had acknowledged the affair but denied the blackmail allegation.
Greitens' attorney, in a separate statement, called the indictment "baseless and unfounded". I know this will be righted soon. "We will be filing a motion to dismiss".
Authorities launched an investigation last month after the allegations surfaced.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a felony invasion of privacy charge
The woman's then husband secretly recorded her in March 2015 describing the otherwise consensual encounter at Mr Greitens' home in the city of St Louis.
But when asked if she thinks Greitens should resign, she said, "I think if I were in the governor's position, I would resign for the good of the state". "My client is absolutely innocent", he said.
It is going to be very, very hard for any Republican in Missouri - or anywhere else - to avoid having a position on whether Greitens should stay or go after the indictment.
"When she admitted that she'd had sexual relations with her husband during a period of reconciliation, the governor slapped her", attorney Albert Watkins told CBS News last month. "If the Prosecuting Attorney has a legal conflict or lacks the resources to pursue an investigation, he or she may seek assistance from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Attorney General's Office".
Greitens has so far rebuffed calls that he resign, even though several members of his party have told him to step aside after the blackmail allegations first surfaced.
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