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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) 


5:10 p.m.

A woman has testified that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens slapped, shoved and grabbed her several times during an extramarital affair.

The testimony from Greitens' former hairdresser was released Wednesday by a special legislative committee investigating allegations against the Republican governor.

The woman testified that during a March 2015 encounter in Greitens' basement, he asked her if she would tell anyone about their interaction. When she didn't answer, he spanked her.

During a June visit to his house, she said Greitens slapped her face after she told him she'd had sex with her then-husband. She said she felt "like he was trying to claim" her.

She described another incident to the committee during which she said he smacked her, grabbed her and shoved her to the ground. She said she "instantly started bawling."

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5 p.m.

A woman has testified that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was physically aggressive during an unwanted sexual encounter and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it.

The testimony from Greitens' former hairdresser was released Wednesday by a special legislative committee investigating the Republican governor.

The panel launched its probe shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of the woman in 2015, before his election.

Greitens has acknowledged having what he says was a consensual affair but has denied criminal wrongdoing. He hasn't directly answered questions about whether he took a photo.

The woman testified she had several subsequent encounters with Greitens during which he slapped, grabbed and shoved her.

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4:25 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says a state House committee's report on an investigation into his extramarital affair with his hairdresser will be "full of lies."

He calls the investigation a "political witch hunt."

The governor's comments Wednesday came an hour before the House committee was to release its findings.

The panel launched its investigation shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. Prosecutors allege he took a compromising photo of the woman without her consent in 2015, before he won election.

The committee's report isn't expected to contain any recommended action, but House Democratic Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty is calling on the governor to immediately resign.

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3:50 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens plans to hold a press conference the same day a state House committee is releasing findings from an investigation into allegations related to his extramarital affair with his hairdresser.

Greitens is scheduled to meet with reporters at 4 p.m. Wednesday in his Capitol office.

The panel launched its investigation shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. Prosecutors allege he took a compromising photo of the woman without her consent in 2015, before he won election.

Greitens has acknowledged having a consensual affair but hasn't directly answered questions about whether he took a photo and has denied criminal wrongdoing.

The House committee hasn't released its findings. The report isn't expected to contain any recommended action, but House Democratic Minority Leader

Gail McCann Beatty is calling on the governor to immediately resign.

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12 a.m.

The political future of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens faces a big test when a special legislative committee issues its investigative report related to an extramarital affair the Republican had.

Greitens also faces a pending criminal trial on a felony indictment in St. Louis for allegedly taking a compromising photo of the woman without her permission and an investigation by the state's attorney general into the activities of a veterans charity he founded.

The investigations have created governing challenges and uncertainty for the former Navy SEAL officer once considered presidential material.

A Greitens spokesman says the administration is "operating as normal." But Republican political consultant John Hancock says the scandal has had a debilitating effect on Greitens.
 

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