Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Stripper Who Filmed Lovers Seeks Pardon from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Stripper Who Filmed Lovers Seeks Pardon from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

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CLAYTON * A former law student and male stripper prosecuted for invasion of privacy for secretly filming sex partners two decades ago is now seeking a pardon from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, indicted under the same criminal statute last week.

A letter sent Sunday to a lawyer for Greitens cites Greitens' own motion to dismiss his case and his "published position on this statute," and requests that the lawyer forward the request.

The pardon application was submitted to former Gov. Jay Nixon in 2011. He did not grant it or reject it, leaving it pending, the letter says.

The pardon request, sent by lawyer Albert Watkins, is on behalf of Paul Henreid, of Walnut Creek, Calif., who is a documentary filmmaker and lawyer.

Watkins, who has never shied from publicity or controversy, said in a news release that it would be "mighty hypocritical" for Greitens to reject the request given Greitens' dismissal motion.

"What's good for the governor should be good for the gander," Watkins said.

Watkins also represents the ex-husband of the woman with whom Greitens had an affair. Thursday's indictment claims Greitens photographed her nude or partially nude without her consent and then transmitted that photograph in some unspecified way.

The governor's motion to dismiss does not challenge the existence of a photo, but says the woman had no expectation of privacy, which is a requirement of the invasion of privacy statute, during a consensual sexual encounter.

In a taped conversation with her husband, the woman said the governor took the photo without her consent during a consensual sexual encounter, then threatened to release it if she mentioned his name. Greitens has denied blackmailing the woman.

The scandal has prompted calls for Greitens' resignation, as well as an independent investigation by legislators.

His lawyers lashed out at the indictment, and Greitens, a Republican, called it a "misguided political decision" by a "reckless liberal prosecutor" in a statement. …

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