The ex-wife of Eric Greitens – the former Missouri governor and current candidate for senate – said he has become erratic and unhinged since she accused him of abuse earlier, the Associated Press is reporting.
Sheena Greitens said in a March affidavit that her ex-husband was physically abusive and demonstrated “unstable and coercive behavior” so concerning that steps were taken to limit his access to firearms.
Last week, she said in the latest filing that his reaction to the March affidavit was consistent with his past behaviour. “When his political future is at risk, he becomes erratic, unhinged, coercive, and threatening,” she said.
Tim Parlatore, Greitens’ attorney, told the Associated Press today that Sheena Greitens’ claims “are complete and total lies.” The Greitens team has offered her a chance to apologize and resolve their differences in mediation, Parlatore said, “but it seems like she intends to double down instead, which is unfortunate because the only victims of that are the children.”
The Greitens has repeatedly pushed out claims that leading Republicans are working with Sheena Greitens to team his senate bid. Sheena Greitens addressed those claims in last week’s filing.
“Neither Karl Rovenor Mitch McConnellnor any other so-called political operatives drafted it for me,” she said.
Sheena Greitens sought divorce from Eric Greitens after the scandal that led to her husband’s resignation as Missouri governor in June 2018. Once considered a rising star in the Republican party, Greitens was indicted on an invasion-of-privacy charge, accused of taking a compromising photo of his St. Louis hairstylist without her consent during a 2015 extramarital affair.
Despite the scandal and now the custody battle, Greitens is still believed to be a top contender in the race for senate, which has attracted a large field of Republican contenders. Many top Republican leaders have voice concerns that Greitens could win the August primary but lose the overall election in November, conceding a senate seat in a decidedly red state.
Sheena Greitens, now a public affairs professor at the University of Texas, is asking the court to move the custody case to the Austin area, in part to spare her children from renewed public attention as her ex-husband tries to mount a political comeback. She has previously accused Greitens of behavior that included physical abuse “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.”
In 2019, one of her sons came home from a visit with his dad “with a swollen face, bleeding gums and loose tooth,” she said in the March filing. In the latest document, Sheena Greitens said she has “photographic evidence” of the injuries.
Parlatore said the photos instead “demonstrate that clearly there was no abuse.”
“The child was rough-housing with his brother,” Parlatore said. “Her own emails from the time admit this fact, her own statements to the doctors admit this fact.”
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