The woman at the center of an invasion-of-privacy trial against Missouri’s governor will be allowed to testify at his trial that is set to begin next week.
A St. Louis Circuit Court judge on Monday rejected arguments by lawyers for Gov. Eric Greitens that the testimony of the woman, who alleges Greitens took a photo of her without her consent while she was partially nude and bound, would be tainted because of alleged missteps by an investigator for the prosecutor’s office.
Greitens, once a rising star of the Republican Party with national ambitions, was indicted in February on a felony charge of #invasion of privacy stemming from allegations by the woman, with whom he acknowledges having had an affair before he was elected governor in 2016.
The woman, who has not been publicly identified, alleges that the married Greitens took an unauthorized photograph of her when she was partially nude, blindfolded and taped to an exercise machine during a sexual encounter in 2015. Prosecutors have said they do not possess the photo so the woman’s trial testimony is considered critical to their case.
According to the woman’s testimony before a special investigative committee of the Missouri legislature, she bases her claim that he took the photo on seeing a flash through the blindfold and hearing what sounded like a cellphone camera. She also alleges that Greitens threatened to use the picture against her if she divulged their affair.
The indictment charges that Greitens took the photo without the woman’s consent and “transmitted the image … in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer.”
Greitens has pleaded not guilty.