Her identity is still unknown to the public, but the woman who allegedly had a scandalous affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens a year before he was elected has spoken out for the first time to defend herself — in a fight she said she never wanted.
Known in court documents simply by her initials "K.S." and sometimes referred to as "Witness 1," the woman said she's in the "middle of the most difficult, crazy fight that I didn't ask to be a part of," according to NBC News affiliate KSDK.
"I didn't want this. I wasn't out to get anyone. I really was just trying to live my life," she said.
While Greitens has admitted to the affair with the woman, he denies accusations of blackmail and sexual violence.
"Above all, I am sorry for the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri," Greitens said in a statement earlier this month.
The affair was first made public by the woman's ex-husband, but it was Greitens' denial of certain parts of her story that pushed her to speak up.
"The second that he denied the things that were the most hurtful, that were the most difficult for me to now have to relive, I just realized now I have this decision. The only ethical thing I felt I could do is to tell the truth," she said.
On May 15, prosecutors abruptly dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against Greitens, which had alleged that he had taken a revealing photo of the unidentified woman. The woman has also made claims that Greitens coerced her into a sexual act while she was crying on the floor of his home.
A special prosecutor has since been appointed to determine if the case should be re-filed against the governor, but the governor still declared victory following the dropped felony charge.
Greitens, however, remains charged with a second felony in St. Louis for allegedly disclosing a donor list from a St. Louis-based veterans' charity he founded for use in his political campaign. No trial date has been set for that case.
The first-term Republican governor has so far ignored calls to resign and Missouri's Republican legislative leaders have said they are still holding a month-long special session to consider whether to impeach Greitens in an attempt to remove him from office.