Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was in a closed courtroom with his ex-wife Sheena Greitens for more than seven hours Wednesday in their custody case, and both declined to speak about what was said when they were hounded by reporters afterwards .
It was the first time Eric Greitens had testified under oath on the child and spousal abuse charges brought by his ex-wife in a March statement and the first time Sheena Greitens has been questioned about these allegations.
“We’ve been ordered not to speak about it,” said Gary Stamper, representing Eric Greitens, citing instructions from Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider.
It is uncertain whether any of the Exhibits that have not been offered before is made public in the case or when a transcript or recording of the hearing is made public. The much-anticipated hearing was originally scheduled will be held in open session on July 15but was postponed to Wednesday and closed on Schneider’s orders.
The guardian ad litem – a court-appointed representative of the two children of the Greitens – had asked for the non-public hearing.
Greitens, governor from 2017 until his resignation on June 1, 2018, under a cloud of criminal and impeachment proceedingsis attempts a political comeback in the crowded Republican primary for the US Senate. He has consistently been among the top three politicians, along with Attorney General Eric Schmitt and US Rep. Vicky Hartzler, but his poll numbers have weakened as enemies exploited allegations leveled against him by Sheena Greitens Multi-million dollar TV and digital media campaign.
Sheena Greitens, center, leaves the Boone County Courthouse Wednesday with her attorney Helen Wade, who is leaving after a 7 1/2 hour hearing in her custody case over her divorce from former Gov. Eric Greitens (Rudi Keller/Missouri independent).
The issue before Schneider is whether to move jurisdiction over custody decisions to Texas, where Sheena Greitens now resides, or remain in Boone County, where her 2020 divorce filed, but the judge adjourned that decision to Schneider.
In the March affidavit, Sheena Greit said that Eric Greit’s “unstable and compulsive” behavior included physical violence toward her children, “such as handcuffing our then three-year-old son in the face and yanking at his at the dining table in front of me.” hair around.”
In addition to the alleged abuse of his children, Sheena Greitens claimed that Eric Greits punched her during an argument in 2018 and confiscated her cell phone, wallet and keys so she “wouldn’t be able to call for help or me and our kids.” to get out of our house”.
In a subsequent affidavit, Sheena Greitens said she did Photos and documents to support their allegations and at A June interview with The Independent said she fled her home on June 11, 2018, fearing he might harm herself and the family.
Since March, Eric Greitens has publicly denied the allegations, accusing his ex-wife of collaborating with his political enemies, including former Presidential Advisor Karl Rove and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to author the affidavit containing the abuse allegations, and to publish them.
With the primary less than two weeks away, a decision indicating which side Schneider believes, or the public release of the transcript showing he admitted under oath to one of the allegations, could be a deciding factor in the race.