Ex-Husband Of Woman In Greitens Affair Files Protective Order, Motion To Avoid Testifying
The ex-husband of the woman who allegedly had an extramarital affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens years ago, before running for elected office, has filed a combined protective order against the governor and motion to avoid testifying in a deposition on Monday.
The man, only identified by his initials (P.S.) in court documents, made the story of the affair public in January after giving an interview to a St. Louis television station without identifying himself and providing an audio recording he made of his ex-wife without her knowledge or permission.
P.S. was subpoenaed by Greitens' defense team to testify at the Monday hearing.
In a court document issued to the court by the man's Attorney, Albert Watkins, P.S. claims that he was subpoenaed only six days before the hearing, instead of a 10 day minimum usually required for trials.
In the motion, P.S. claims that the governor is trying to "intimidate" him with the subpoena. If P.S. is ordered to testify, he is asking the judge to hold the deposition in a "discreet and safe location", and that the governor not be allowed to appear in person at the deposition.
The motion also says that P.S. was not present at any meeting between Greitens and his ex-wife, and that he has already testified for the Missouri House committee investigating Greitens for possible impeachment hearings, and claims the transcript of this testimony should be available.
The motion also takes issue with the subpoena's request for copies of P.S.'s emails and text messages, claiming the request is "overly broad". He is asking that Greitens pay the cost of providing the requested electronic documents and other items.
The document continues with P.S. blaming Greitens solely for the "destruction" of his marriage, and two attempts to reconcile with his ex-wife.
P.S. also claims in the document that he is "highly fearful" of Greitens who he believes has demonstrated a "reckless disregard for the damage" he believes the governor has caused him, "his former spouse, his minor children, family, social circle, Circuit Attorney, her staff, law enforcement, the House Committee on Oversight, the State Attorney General...the people of the State of Missouri." P.S.'s list in the document also includes state and federal law enforcement, "civil litigation adversaries", and "members of the executive branch of our nation".
P.S. also claims that he, "observed the Defendant Governor basically lash out against and attack anyone and everyone involved in undertakings designed to maintain the integrity of our laws." P.S. does not provide any examples or evidence of this.
The woman involved in the alleged affair, the ex-wife of P.S. has never come forward as a victim, never filed a police report, and has defied any attempts by the media to discuss the affair. The audio recording and testimony she gave to the grand jury are the only statements she has made about the events.
The case was brought against Greitens by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner following an indictment from that grand jury. The felony charge was filed one month ago, a few months before the statute of limitations on any alleged crime would have expired.
Gardner has come under criticism for her handling of the case from several legal experts, from failing to provide any evidence, to a lack of victim, to hiring private investigators to handle the case instead of her office's investigators, the St. Louis Police Department, or any federal agencies.
Gardner's office initially claimed that law enforcement turned down her request to investigate, but St. Louis City Police Chief John Hayden said that was not the case. Hayden says that he and Gardner had one brief conversation when the story of the affair first broke in January, discussing only "hypotheticals". He says he mentioned to Gardner that a case involving a sitting governor would interest federal investigators, but that he never heard from Gardner again.
The combined motion also includes allegations from P.S. that Greitens has intimidated him and that he fears the governor, claiming his campaign emotionally scarred him.
P.S. cites Greitens' promotion of his time as a Navy SEAL during the campaign and other appearances promoted a "skill set...appropriately worthy of genuine fear."
The motion claims P.S. was "forced and compelled to deal with...ceaseless" campaign by Greitens when he ran for governor. P.S. says he was forced to hire legal counsel to, "address contact from a political operative seeking to disclose the story of (P.S.'s) former spouse's victimization" by the governor before the November, 2016 election, as well as numerous attempts by the media to give them the story.
P.S. also claims in the motion that he tried to shield his children from the story, then claims that he, "felt compelled to release the recording", to minimize the damage to his family by the media and "the Governor and his victimization of (his) former spouse."
A hearing is scheduled Monday morning at 9 a.m. Greitens' defense team has filed a motion to dismiss the case due to a lack of evidence, victim, and other problems it has with how Gardner handled the prosecution of the case.