Ex-wife Sheena Greitens says Senate hopeful Eric Greitens cruelly abused her and their child

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, an old Republican darling, Trump fan and ex-Navy SEAL now running for the U.S. Senate not only emotionally and physically abused his ex-wife but was also violent towards their 3-year-old son, according to an affidavit filed Monday in their ongoing child custody dispute.

“Before our divorce, during an argument in late April 2018, Eric knocked me down and confiscated my cell phone, wallet and keys, leaving me unable to call for help or free myself and our children from our home” Sheena E. Greitens wrote in the file, which was shared with The Daily Beast by the clerk of the Boone County, Missouri Circuit Court. “When my mother confronted him about this later, he told her he was doing it to prevent me from doing anything that could harm his political career.”

In early June 2018, Greitens said she “became afraid for my safety and that of our children in our home,” pointing to “behaviour [that] included physical violence against our children, such as handcuffing our then three-year-old son at the dinner table in front of me and pulling him around by his hair.

In another episode described in the file, one of the Greitens’ two children returned home from a visit to Eric “with a swollen face, bleeding gums and [a] loose tooth.”

“He said Dad hit him,” the affidavit explains. †[H]Eric, however, said they were romping and it had been an accident. The tooth died from the trauma, eventually developed an abscess and had to be surgically removed in May 2020.”

Sheena Greitens, a professor at the University of Texas, filed for divorce in 2020, two years after her ex-husband was found to be having an affair with his hairdresser. Eric Greitens was charged in 2018 with an invasion of privacy for allegedly coercing her into a sexual encounter and then taking a photo of the half-naked woman against her will. Greitens is said to have told the victim that her reputation as a “whore” would be tarnished if she spoke about it.

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Greitens dismissed the charges at the time as a “witch hunt,” taking a page from then-President Donald Trump’s script, using the same language the twice-accused, one-time commander in chief repeated ad nauseam when describing Prosecutor’s Special Investigation Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Greitens’ affidavit said she was subjected to “threats” by Eric “to force me to do or refrain from doing certain things.”

“After Eric admitted to me in late January 2021 that he took the photo that resulted in the invasion of privacy, he threatened that I would be in legal jeopardy if I ever reveal that fact to anyone, even family members or a therapist,” the report continues. “Because of the reach of his influence in Missouri, I believed him, which resulted in me cutting myself off from many sources of outside support as his threats escalated and my concerns for my safety and that of my children grew.”

Greitens further states in the affidavit that her husband was out of the job after she told him she had accepted a teaching job in the Lone Star State, and threatened to use his influence to get the offer withdrawn.

This, according to the affidavit, included accusing her of stealing money from the couple’s joint bank account and claiming she lied to the federal government, both false. Greitens also called his wife the ‘enemy’, the file says.

Eric also threatened to frame Sheena for child abuse if she failed to comply with other demands, such as deleting emails she sent to the family’s therapist seeking help, according to the affidavit. Despite everything, he called her a “hateful, disgusting, mean, mean… lying bitch,” the affidavit claims.

She goes on to claim that he at one point bought a gun and “repeatedly” threatened to commit suicide unless she publicly supported his political ambitions. Things got so bad that in 2018, friends and acquaintances of Eric were “so concerned to step in to limit Eric’s access to firearms,” ​​the affidavit said.

During this time, Sheena Greitens says she started sleeping in her nursery “just to try and keep them safe”.

“Now that Eric is a candidate for federal office, the public interest in my life, my relationship with Eric and its collapse, and the existence of custody cases between Eric and me is rekindled and brought back into the central public discussion, ‘, she wrote on the file, arguing that the case should be moved to Texas, where “the range of its power and influence is considerably narrowed.”

The couple’s two children are still unaware of their father’s sex scandal, and Sheena says on her file that she wishes it would stay that way until they’re older. She also says Greitens has continued to “lie and mislead the public about our marriage and my own life”, but has rejected all media requests to protect the children and has therefore been unable to correct the record.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican, said: “These abuse allegations are disgusting and sickening. As a Missouri Attorney General, I recognize a predator when I see one, and I have fought for victims every step of the way. The behavior described in this affidavit is grounds for Eric Greitens to be in jail, not on the U.S. Senate ballot. He should end his campaign immediately.”

Helen Wade, Sheena Greitens’ attorney, did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Monday.

In an emailed statement, Gary Stamper, Eric Greitens’ attorney, told The Daily Beast: “In their mediated agreement, the parties pledged to protect their two children from public exposure and discussion… Common sense suggests that no parent would agree to share joint legal and physical custody with the fictitious parent described in the file that was leaked to the press before it was submitted to court The recent filing confirms Mark Twain’s wisdom: ‘A lie can take half the world traveling about while the truth puts on its shoes.’ The only public that matters now is the judge who approved the parties’ agreement and has the power to change it.”

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