JEFFERSON CITY — An attorney for Gov. Eric Greitens says the owner of a political publication based in Jefferson City delivered one of the two $50,000 payments to the law firm representing the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with the governor.
Attorney Al Watkins represents the ex-husband and testified during a deposition Monday as part of the invasion of privacy case against Greitens. The Republican governor is accused of taking an unauthorized and compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, before he was elected.
Watkins did not return messages seeking comment. During a hearing Monday in the midst of the deposition, defense attorney Jim Martin said Missouri Times owner Scott Faughn provided the first $50,000 payment to Watkins' law firm in January, just before Greitens admitted to the affair.
Missouri Times editor Rachael Herndon Dunn says Faughn would issue a statement later Monday.
Watkins has said he doesn't know who actually provided the money.
Greitens' attorneys also requested Monday that the testimony of the woman involved in the affair be excluded, citing the refusal of private investigator William Tisaby, who interviewed the woman, to answer questions when he was deposed last week.