Woman at center of Missouri governor scandal breaks her silence

Woman at center of Missouri governor scandal breaks her silence

The hair stylist who claims Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used partially nude photos of her to blackmail her into keeping quiet about their love affair told a St. Louis TV station, “I’m not lying.”

In her first media interview, the woman told NBC affiliate KSDK-TV that she regrets having the brief fling with Greitens and wishes she could apologize to the Republican governor’s wife.

PHOTO: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stands off to the side before stepping up to the podium to deliver remarks to a small group of supporters near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., May 17, 2018, photo.Jeff Roberson/AP
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stands off to the side before stepping up to the podium to deliver remarks to a small group of supporters near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., May 17, 2018, photo.

“I’m in the middle of the most difficult, crazy fight that I didn’t ask to be a part of,” she said. “And I feel like I’m this easy punching bag, yet I haven’t thrown any punches.

“I didn’t want this,” said the woman, who was only identified in court filings by her initials as K.S. and declined to show her face on camera. “I wasn’t out to get anyone. I really was just trying to live my life.”

Greitens, the married father of two young children, has admitted to having a consensual sexual relationship with the woman in 2015, months before he successfully ran for governor on a platform of family values. He has adamantly rejected any criminal wrongdoing, denying his accuser’s allegation that he surreptitiously took cellphone photos of her blindfolded and partially nude during a rendezvous in the basement of his home on March 21, 2015.

“There’s no blackmail. The mistake I made was I engaged in a consensual relationship with a woman who wasn’t my wife. It is a mistake that I’m deeply sorry for. Sorry to Sheena, my boys and everybody who relied on us,” Greitens said in a January interview with Fox affiliate KTVI-TV.

PHOTO: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference in Jefferson City, Mo., April 11, 2018, about allegations related to an extramarital affair with his hairdresser.Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference in Jefferson City, Mo., April 11, 2018, about allegations related to an extramarital affair with his hairdresser.

Greitens’ former mistress said the governor’s denials about parts of their relationship prompted her to speak out.

“The second that he denied the things that were the most hurtful, that were the most hurtful for me to now have to relive, I just realized: now I have this decision,” the woman told KSDK. “The only ethical thing I felt that I could do was to tell the truth.”

While the compromising photos have never surfaced, Greitens had been scheduled to go on trial this month on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from the allegations. The case against Greitens was dropped May 14 by St. Louis prosecutors.

A special prosecutor was appointed this week to determine if the case should be re-filed against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL.

The woman’s affair with Greitens was first publicly exposed by her ex-husband, who secretly recorded her admitting to the affair.

PHOTO: Afternoon sunlight on the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo., on a spring afternoon, April 28, 2015.Education Images/UIG via Getty Images
Afternoon sunlight on the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo., on a spring afternoon, April 28, 2015.

Earlier this year, she testified behind closed doors to the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight. The committee released excerpts of her testimony this month and said she was a credible witness.

In her testimony, she claimed that Greitens blindfolded her and bound her hands to pull-up rings before he allegedly ripped open her shirt and pulled her pants down. She claimed she then heard what sounded like a picture being taken.

She testified that Greitens later told her, “Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can.”

In the interview with KSDK, she stood by her story.

“Yes, I do stand by them. They were hard to talk about. Really, really, really hard to talk about, but I absolutely stand by it,” she said. “I have no ill intention, other than not being made to be a liar. I’m not lying. This was hard. It was hard at the time, it’s hard to talk about now. I’m not lying. That’s it. I want to move on. I want to heal.”

She said her one big regret is that she hurt Greitens’ wife, Sheena Greitens.

“I would absolutely apologize,” she said when asked what she would say if she could speak to the governor’s wife. “I shouldn’t have been involved with him. I shouldn’t have gone into her home. I know that.”

Woman files lawsuit claiming R. Kelly “deliberately” gave her an STD

Woman files lawsuit claiming R. Kelly “deliberately” gave her an STD

A Dallas attorney filed a lawsuit Monday claiming Grammy Award-winning artist R. Kelly knowingly gave his client a sexually transmitted disease. Faith Rodgers, who was 19 at the time, accuses Kelly of “willfully, deliberately and maliciously” infecting her with herpes and sexual battery. She also claims Kelly “mentally, physically and verbally” abused her.

In an interview you’ll see Tuesday only on “CBS This Morning,” Rodgers told CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan that she was in a relationship with Kelly for nearly a year before leaving. During that time she said Kelly instructed her to call him “daddy” and told her his goal was to teach her how to have sex like a “mature woman.” Rodgers said he even introduced her to one of five women Kelly allegedly said he was “raising.”

R. Kelly In Concert - Brooklyn, New York

R. Kelly seen Sept. 25, 2015 in New York City.

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She described one incident where Kelly visited her hotel room after he flew her to New York to attend one of his shows. According to Rodgers, she “submitted” to having sex with him.

“I didn’t really say anything. I kinda just froze up. I definitely was uncomfortable. But he has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat. You know? So I was just waiting for it to be over,” Rodgers said.

“Did you find yourself in a position like that more than once with R. Kelly?” Duncan asked.

“Yes. I found myself like that multiple times,” Rodgers said.

After a series of sexual misconduct allegations by former girlfriends, several music streaming services, from Spotify to Apple, have removed R. Kelly’s songs from their playlists. A #MuteRKelly movement supported by the likes of Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis is also growing.

CBS News has reached out to R. Kelly’s representatives and have not heard back.

In a Washington Post article from April, a representative for Kelly said the singer “categorically denies all claims and allegations” in a complaint Rodgers previously filed with the Dallas Police Department.


Watch the in-depth interview with Faith Rodgers Tuesday, May 22, 2018, on “CBS This Morning,” which airs 7 to 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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Woman accuses federal agent of demanding ID, stopping her for speaking Spanish

Woman accuses federal agent of demanding ID, stopping her for speaking Spanish

Two U.S. citizens were stopped and questioned last week by a Border Patrol agent in Havre, Montana, for speaking Spanish at a gas station, one of the women told ABC El Paso, Texas, affiliate KVIA-TV.

As she was being questioned, Ana Suda recorded the interaction on her cellphone, the video of which has gained traction online.

The agent can be heard saying, “Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here and saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here.”

Andrew Meehan, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assistant commissioner for public affairs, told ABC News Sunday night that the “agent used a poor choice of words, for sure.”

Speaking Spanish alone “is not enough” to pull someone over or ask for ID, he said, though adding it’s possible that the agent still “very well could have been following procedure.”

PHOTO: Homeland Security Department Joint Task Force West Director Paul Beeson of the U.S. Border Patrol prepares to testify before the House Homeland Security Committees Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, April 4, 2017, in Washington.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE
Homeland Security Department Joint Task Force West Director Paul Beeson of the U.S. Border Patrol prepares to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, April 4, 2017, in Washington.

An internal investigation into the incident has been launched, according to CBP.

The woman was not detained but stopped in a consensual encounter, according to a Border Patrol official. She was not prevented from leaving, the official said.

Suda said she entered the convenience store to buy eggs and milk when she was approached by the agent.

“I was next in line when I heard my friend say something in Spanish and then I looked and a Border Patrol agent was behind me,” Suda told KVIA.

“He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, ‘Are you serious?'” Suda added. “He’s like, ‘Yes, I’m serious,’ but, you know, with a very authoritative voice.”

Suda asked whether she could pay for her items, to which he responded “no.”

“He’s like, ‘No, give me your ID,'” she said. “I said, ‘I will give you my ID and I will go and pick up my cellular phone because I’m going to record you,'” Suda said.

The Border Patrol official told ABC News that speaking Spanish is not something you can solely detain someone on, but it is something you can use as one factor for the totality of the circumstance.

Speaking Spanish in a place like Havre, Montana, for example, catches one’s attention, according to the official.

The Border Patrol said in a statement, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers are committed to treating everyone with professionalism, dignity and respect while enforcing the laws of the United States. Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents have broad law enforcement authorities and are not limited to a specific geography within the United States.

“They have the authority to question individuals, make arrests, and take and consider evidence,” the statement continued. “Decisions to question individuals are based on a variety of factors for which Border Patrol agents are well-trained. This incident is being reviewed to ensure that all appropriate policies were followed.”

Suda, who was born in El Paso, Texas, plans to file a lawsuit, she told KVIA.

Clayton woman now living near Hawaii volcano, working to help others

Clayton woman now living near Hawaii volcano, working to help others

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 12:37 PM


Eric Herman has seen a lot of changes in his nearly 38 years in education, but he said one thing hasn’t changed: the kids.

Herman, who graduated from high school in West Carrollton, will retire this summer after 20 years with the Troy City Schools. He has been superintendent since spring 2011.

Herman attended college, played football and coached football in Kansas before returning home in the early 1980s to operate a print shop in West Carrollton.


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He had that business about eight years and was coaching when he was lured back into education by a former coach and educator Dean Pond, who asked him to teach driver’s education at West Carrollton.

That led to a football coach and physical education teaching job in Kettering, a year at Urbana schools and then a return to Kettering for an administration job as a unit principal.

Another former West Carrollton coach, David Dolph, introduced Herman to Troy schools as assistant junior high principal in 1998.

“I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Dolph and said, ‘Why not?’” he recalled.

Herman served as principal at Hook Elementary, junior high principal, high school principal, director of secondary curriculum, director of technology, director of K-12 curriculum and assistant superintendent under Superintendent Tom Dunn on his path to becoming superintendent.


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“This was the last place I thought I would have ended my career,” Herman said from the superintendent’s office at the Board of Education next to Troy High School.

He said the elementary school job was “a blast” and he liked being high school principal because he was around the students a lot.

“I got back into education to be around the kids,” he said. “I still believe kids are the same as when we were kids. They still want structure and discipline and want someone to care about them.”

Mark Barhorst, district business manager/director of human resources, praised Herman’s efforts during the Board of Education’s recognition of retirees at its May meeting.

“He’s worn a lot of hats and done a lot of things for the school district,” Barhorst said. “When I began the thought process of interviewing for a job here, I talked to Marion Stout. She told me Troy was the best school district in the state of Ohio. I would have to say a big part of that has been Eric Herman.”

The Board of Education hired Chris Piper, from Triad Local Schools, as the new superintendent this spring. Herman had the following advice for his successor: “Take time to learn the job. Don’t be quick to change a lot until you see how it operates. Every school is different.”

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