In court records filed Monday, the ex-wife of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said that the GOP Senate candidate mistreated her and their young boy during their marriage, including pushing her down and snatching her cellphone.
Sheena Greitens claimed she was the victim of domestic abuse while married to Eric Greitens for over a decade in an affidavit for a custody lawsuit in Boone County, Mo.
“Prior to our divorce, Eric knocked me down and took my cell phone, wallet, and keys so that I was unable to contact for help or extract myself and our children from our house,” she said in a court statement, accusing the former Navy SEAL of “unstable and coercive conduct.”
“This conduct includes physical aggression toward our children, such as cuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and pulling him around by his hair,” she said in the petition, which NBC News and KOMU, NBC’s St. Louis affiliate, received.
The Associated Press was the first to report on her submission.
The claims, according to Eric Greitens, are “manufactured” and “baseless.”
“I am pursuing full custody of my sons,” he wrote Monday, “and for their sake, I will continue to pray for their mother and hope that she receives the care she requires.”
In a court filing, his lawyer, Gary Stamper, called the claims “false, inflammatory, and scurrilous,” and demanded that the affidavit be kept out of the public eye.
In a filing, Stamper stated, “Public exposure of the Petitioner’s claims — which are as yet unsubstantiated — will permanently impair (Greitens’) campaign.”
Vicky Hartzler, a Republican competitor seeking the party’s nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Roy Blunt, has urged Greitens to drop out.
“Women are never abused by real guys. Without a doubt, “she stated in a statement released on Monday. “It’s past time for Eric to withdraw from the Senate campaign and get professional assistance.”
“I agree,” Democratic candidate Lucas Kunce retweeted Hartzler’s remarks.