WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Democrat Rep. Katie Hill is threatening to sue the DailyMail over nude photos reportedly of the Califonia congresswoman published without her consent.
- Hill’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to the news organization demanding that “you remove these photos from publication at once”.
- The Mail’s story was published amid allegations that the freshman lawmaker engaged in an improper relationship with a staff member which is in violation of House rules.
Freshman congresswoman Katie Hill is threatening to sue the DailyMail over nude photos and claims posted online by the newspaper without her consent.
The Democrat’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to the news organization demanding that “you remove these photos from publication at once”.
Politico first reported the lawsuit which suggests that the Mail had defamed the California representative by writing that she has a Nazi-inspired tattoo on her body. Hill has denied the allegation.
This week, the bipartisan House ethics committee launched an investigation on the 32-year-old lawmaker on her possible engagement in an improper relationship with a campaign staffer— a violation of House rules.
On Wednesday, Hill admitted and apologized for the “inappropriate” relationship with the staffer.
In a statement, Hill said: “I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.”
RedState, a far-right web site, first published the allegations which the congresswoman blamed on her ongoing divorce from her “abusive husband.”
According to The Guardian, Hill’s naked photos seem to have been leaked as part of an acrimonious divorce proceeding that is ongoing for the lawmaker.
Hill won the seat last year as part of the blue wave of 2018. California’s 25th congressional district had been held by Republicans for over two decades.
“I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain,” Hill said in a separate statement.
“This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed. I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.”
The Mail has not immediately responded for comment.
Source: The Guardian