The woman met Greitens in 2013, when he became her client at a hairdressing shop. She developed a minor crush on him, but he quit coming to her for haircuts. Then, in March 2015, he returned, and moved his hand up her leg to her crotch, without her permission, she said. He then called her and asked her to meet. “Next weekend, my wife is going out of town, you can come over to my house, we can discuss these things,” he said, according to the woman. She suggested a Starbucks instead, saying she didn’t feel comfortable coming to his house, but he said he was worried about being seen in public, since he was running for office.
Once she was at Greitens’s house, he asked her to change into clothes he provided. She later told a friend she thought Greitens was worried she might be wearing a wire, and that he also checked her purse for recording devices. The woman said she expected some sort of “sexy workout” with Greitens, but added, “I know I had made it clear I had not cheated on my husband before and that, you know, I didn’t want to do anything physical with him.”
Leading her to his basement, Greitens taped her hands to workout rings and blindfolded her. He began kissing her and then ripped her shirt, she said, without her consent. He pulled down her pants, and then she heard what she believes was a picture being taken, and saw a flash. The woman has testified she doesn’t know for sure that a photo was taken, and so far neither prosecutors nor the committee seems to have viewed one.
But the woman testified that Greitens warned her, “You’re not going to mention my name. 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. They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are.”
She says he then began kissing her.
“I just started freaking out and I started ripping down my hands,” she said. “I was like, Get me out of here. I’m not ready for this. I don’t want this. I don’t want this.” He moved to comfort her, she said, but also kept fondling her:
He starts undoing his pants, and he takes his penis out and puts it, like, near where my face is. And I’m like—so this guy literally just wants me for this, and this is all he wants, and then he’ll let me—because at this point, too, I also know I have to be at work, and he’s not going to let me leave, because he’s obviously still horny. So I gave him oral sex at this point.
She told the committee she thought that was the only way to get out of the basement. She said she had felt coerced and was worried for her physical safety: “It’s a hard question because I did it—it felt like consent, but, no, I didn’t want to do it.”
She left, but forgot her keys, and when she returned to the house, she said that Greitens told her he had deleted the photo, though she did not believe him.