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Kinder says claims "bizarre" and false

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS/AP) - Political trouble has again found Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, after an alternative newspaper's report on claims by a former Penthouse model who said she encountered Kinder numerous times at a gentleman's club.

The Republican Kinder is expected to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012. But controversies keep dogging Kinder, and experts say this one could hurt his chances.

Tammy Chapman, the former model, told The Associated Press she frequently encountered Kinder at a club in the 1990s. Chapman said Kinder routinely bought lap dances from her, but more than once became aggressive in ways that made her uncomfortable. Her claims were first reported by the Riverfront Times.

In a statement Thursday, Kinder said Chapman's claims were "bizarre" and false.

Earlier this year, Kinder repaid more than $54,000 to cover hotel expenses he originally billed to the state.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has released a statement calling the allegations false:

"Like most people I am not proud of every place I have been but this woman's bizarre story is not true.  The Democrats have tried to use these tactics against me in the past and they have failed.  Jay Nixon may want to make up false stories about the past, but I, like most Missourians, remain focused on the issues that are important to Missourians like jobs and education.  Under Jay Nixon's leadership, Missouri ranked third-worst in terms of jobs losses in 2010 and nearly 50,000 fewer Missourians are employed now than when Jay Nixon took office.  Today, Missouri's unemployment is 8.8%, we are being out-performed by all but three of the states that border Missouri and more than 269,000 Missourians cannot find work.  Our schools are failing, our families are hurting and I will remain focused on talking about the issues that will move Missouri forward."

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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