Sheena Greitens Wiki – Biography
Sheena Greitens, ex-wife of leading GOP Senate candidate and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, alleged he was physically abusive toward his children and her, according to court documents filed Monday.
Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct and has been trying to mount a political comeback in his pursuit of a US Senate seat. A number of his GOP primary rivals called on Monday for him to drop out of the race following the abuse allegations made by his ex-wife.
She is 39 years old.
Physically Abused Allegations
Sheena Greitens, who now resides in Texas with the former couple’s two children, said she grew so afraid of her former husband that she sought to limit his access to weapons and began sleeping in her children’s room out of concern for their safety, according to an affidavit filed in the Circuit Court of Boone County in Missouri, as part of her effort to have a custody case moved to Texas.
“In early June 2018, I became afraid for my safety and that of our children at our home, which was fairly isolated, due to Eric’s unstable and coercive behaviour,” she said, according to court records from the ongoing custody battle. “This behaviour included physical violence toward our children, such as cuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and yanking him around by his hair.”
Sheena Greitens said she and others were so concerned about Eric Greitens’ behaviour that they limited his access to firearms on three occasions. She said she was worried about the “escalation of physical violence.” Eventually, “I started sleeping in my children’s room simply to try to keep them safe,” according to her affidavit.
In a statement, Eric Greitens denied the allegations.
“Being a father is the joy of my life and my single most important responsibility,” he said. “I will continue to love and care for my beautiful sons with all of my being, and that includes fighting for the truth and against completely fabricated, baseless allegations.”
On Monday, his attorney asked the judge to seal the custody case.
In her affidavit, Sheena Greitens laid out a series of allegations of verbal threats and physical abuse against both her and their children. She detailed how Eric Greitens allegedly threatened to use his political ties to tarnish his ex-wife’s reputation.
In one instance, she claimed Eric Greitens had “knocked me down and confiscated my cell phone, wallet, and keys so that I was unable to call for help or extricate myself and our children,” according to the court filing.