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Greitens claims prosecutors hid evidence refuting sexual misconduct allegations

Greitens claims prosecutors hid evidence refuting sexual misconduct allegations
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) on Thursday said he had proof prosecutors hid evidence from the the state's House of Representatives, which he said undermined the sexual misconduct claim against him. 

"We have proof that Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her team hid evidence from the people of Missouri and from the Missouri House of Representatives — evidence that undermined the narrative pushed in the House report," Greitens said in a statement on Facebook. 

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"Kim Gardner hid a video that she knew directly contradicted allegations in the House report, and she allowed her lead investigator to lie about it, under oath," he continued. 

"Just last night — as false stories were being pushed to the press — the prosecutor turned over a videotape of her interview with the woman. This was evidence that the prosecutor was legally required to turn over months ago. She purposefully kept it hidden until one hour after the false report was released," he said, according to the statement.

Gardner's office said Greitens was attempting to distract attention from the charges.

"In the course of his motion argument, defendant accused the Circuit Attorney of suborning perjury. These attacks are unwarranted and appear to be an attempt to distract the Court’s and the public’s attention from the merits of this case," the Circuit Attorney's office said in a motion obtained by The Hill.

Greitens's statement comes one day after legislative leaders issued a report saying a woman told them Greitens forced her into multiple sexual encounters in the year before he ran for public office. 

The 24-page report, which detailed the woman's allegations in explicit detail, have led to multiple lawmakers in Missouri calling on Greitens to resign. 

Greitens's accuser, whose identity is not publicly known, cut the governor's hair multiple times between 2013 and 2015. 

She told investigators that Greitens forced her into multiple sexual encounters before he launched his gubernatorial bid. 

-Updated 6:45 p.m.