NEW YORK, March 17, 2008— -- Just when it seemed the Jim McGreevey scandal — governor's gay affair with a top aide, nasty divorce court hearings, child custody spats — couldn't get any more tawdry, it does.
Now they're feuding over whether they engaged in sexual threesomes with his former driver, each firing off statements that contradict the other.
McGreevey's now estranged wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, heatedly denied to ABCNews.com today the latest allegation — that she took part in numerous threesomes that included McGreevey and his driver, Ted Pedersen.
Read her full statement to ABCNews.comMatos McGreevey also rejected the claim by Pedersen, that she was aware that her husband was gay when she married him.
Yet the former governor confirms that the menages-a-trois did happen.
"This happened, this happened in the past, and now, we need to move on with our lives," he wrote in a statement e-mailed by his lawyer. "For all of our sakes, particularly our daughter, we need to close this chapter and look toward the future. This was referenced in an earlier draft of my book, and I had it removed. I still hope Dina and I can resolve our issues privately."
Pedersen claimed over the weekend that he has filed a sworn deposition as part of the McGreevey's brawling divorce proceedings that the three of them frequently engaged in what they called "Friday Night Specials." They occurred before and after her wedding, he claims, but stopped before McGreevey became governor.
The allegation prompted a furious denial from Matos McGreevey, who said Pedersen's claims were "completely false."
In an e-mail to ABCNews.com, she claimed that McGreevey had set up Pedersen, one of his "cronies," to spread the tale because her former husband "cannot stand it when I am receiving attention in the media rather than him."
Matos McGreevey was interviewed by numerous media outlets in recent days for her perspective on the sex scandal involving New York's disgraced ex-governor, Eliot Spitzer.
She allleged to ABCNews.com that her former husband had "arranged jobs for Pedersen" since his time in office, and that McGreevey and his new domestic partner Mark O'Donnell "funded Pedersen's vacation to China, along with Jim, O'Donnell and other members of Jim's inner circle." The trip occurred in August 2007.
"This was obviously payback time for Pedersen," Matos McGreevey wrote in her e-mail to ABCNews.com.
Pedersen told the Newark Star-Ledger that he had sex with Matos McGreevey while her husband watched at the couple's condo in Woodridge, N.J. The sex often took place after dinner at a local T.G.I. Friday's, he said.
The one-time driver said that Matos McGreevey's claim that she didn't know her husband was gay when she married him was false.
Pedersen, 29, who lives with his longtime girlfriend, claims that he never knew the former governor was gay.
"In hindsight there might have been light interest [in me] but it didn't seem like he was gay. It did enhance their sexual relationship having me be a part of it," he told the paper.
The former driver says he made the same allegations in a sworn deposition after he was subpoenaed by Matos McGreevey in her divorce procedings. She has always maintained that she did not know McGreevey was gay and claims that McGreevey married her to advance his political career.
Matos McGreevey would not respond to follow-up questions.
Stephen Haller, Jim McGreevey's lawyer, wouldn't comment on Pedersen's claims, but did confirm that Pedersen has submitted a sworn deposition to the court.