The charge adds to the embattled first-term governor's problems.
He is also accused of transmitting and taking an photo of the female, with whom he had had an affair.
The new felony charge compounds the legal and political woes for Greitens, who already faces a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an explicit photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he was having an affair. "Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but the Mission Continues still has the list".
The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens' campaign obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues and raised almost $2 million from donors who were on it.More news: Starz kills off Ash vs. Evil Dead
Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson, who also has called on Greitens to resign, said Thursday that a special House investigatory committee is moving expeditiously toward a recommendation on whether to impeach Greitens. She testified that Greitens controlled, slapped, grabbed, shoved and endangered during a set of sexual encounters that times left her fearful and crying.
Greitens has denied committing any crimes and vowed to remain in office, calling the investigations into him a "political witch hunt".
The direct complaint was filed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office Friday afternoon.
"Her case is falling apart-so today, she's brought a new one", Mr. Greitens said, in a written statement in which he pledged that he will clear his name. "By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me".
The alleged crimes were first made public this week when Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his investigation had uncovered possible criminal wrong-doing in the case.More news: Steven Bauer Latest News, Photos, and Videos
He allegedly did so on April 22, 2015 - meaning the statute of limitations on the charge would have passed by the time the court reopens on Monday. It doesn't identify the fundraiser.
Missouri Republicans are anxious that a recent sex scandal involving Gov. Eric Greitens will drag their party down.
A probable cause statement released by Gardner's office Friday states that Greitens knew the list was taken without the charity's permission.
Both Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson called on their fellow Republican to resign as governor following Hawley's announcement Tuesday.
Eric Greitens ran for governor of Missouri as a conservative outsider promising to shake things up in the Show Me State. Since he will not resign, the House of Representatives must immediately begin impeachment proceedings. Mr. Hawley said that his office did not have jurisdiction to charge, so he turned over the evidence to Ms. Gardner's office for consideration.More news: Capitals F to have surgery, out for first round
At the direction of Grietens, a person known only by the initials K.T. disclosed data, specifically a donor list owned by The Mission Continues, to a political fundraiser working on behalf of Greitens campaign. The campaign amended its finance reports to show a $600 in-kind donation received byrom former campaign manager Danny Laub.