ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV/AP) — Current Missouri Senate GOP hopeful Eric Greitens and his ex-wife are scheduled for another pretrial hearing in an ongoing custody case.
As part of the case, Sheena Greitens accused Eric of physically abusing her and her children. The former Missouri governor denied those claims, saying his ex-wife was working with political agents to assault him and was given permission to search her phone records to try to prove his case.
Sheena, who is a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas, filed for divorce from Eric Greitens after a sex scandal that led to his resignation as governor in June 2018. She’s now asking the court to move part of the custody case to Austin to protect her children from renewed public scrutiny while Eric Greitens tries to launch a political comeback.
The allegations could complicate his attempt to emerge as a GOP candidate in Missouri’s Aug. 2 primary and potentially jeopardize his party’s chance of retaining a key Senate seat in the general election.
In the March affidavit, Sheena Greitens portrayed her ex-husband as someone who threatened to use his political connections and influence to tarnish her reputation in order to gain custody of the children.
“Prior to our divorce, Eric knocked me down during an argument in late April 2018 and confiscated my cell phone, wallet and keys, leaving me unable to call for help or extricate myself and our children from our home,” Sheena Greitens wrote in the filing . “I became afraid for my safety and that of our children in our home,” he later added that his “behaviour included physical violence towards our children, such as tying our then three-year-old son’s face at the dinner table in front of me and tearing him down.” by the hair.”
In 2019, one of her sons came home from a visit to his father “with a swollen face, bleeding gums and a loose tooth,” she said in the March filing. In the latest document, Sheena Greitens said she had “photographic evidence” of the injuries.
The trial is scheduled to begin on July 15.
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