Democratic Rep. Katie Hill Resigns After Allegations of ‘Inappropriate Sexual Relationships’ With Staffers
Hill admitted to one sexual relationship, which also included her husband, but denied the other one.
California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill Hill has decided to resign due to the allegations of “inappropriate sexual relationships.”
Hill has seen photos of herself surface this past week of her completely naked, holding a bong, and kissing a female staffer. Another story alleged she had an affair with a male staffer.
“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community and our country,” Hill wrote in a letter announcing the news after it was first reported by POLITICO.
“This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation,” Hill added.
Hill did not specify a resignation date in her letter but multiple people with knowledge of her plans said she could step aside as soon as Nov. 1.
It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.
See my official statement below. pic.twitter.com/nG97RQIwvO
— Rep. Katie Hill (@RepKatieHill) October 27, 2019
RedState published screenshots of text messages between Hill and an unnamed staffer about ending their “throuple” relationship, which included Hill’s husband Kenny Heslep.
The New York Post reported Morgan Desjardins, 24, is the unnamed staffer. Hill said earlier she became involved with Dejardins during the last few years “of her abusive marriage to Heslep.”
However, other reports said Heslep did not mind Hill’s involvement with “Desjardins because he was a willing participant.”
Hill admitted to the relationship with Desjardins and apologized for it.
Heslep filed for divorce, allegedly due to an affair between Hill and her legislative director Graham Kelly. Hill denied this affair. From Fox News:
RedState also reported that Hill had an extramarital affair with Graham Kelly, her legislative director and former campaign-finance director, for at least a year. Heslep was said to have shared his own screenshot of a text exchange he had with a friend who had heard about the affair, which he later deleted from his Facebook account. According to RedState, the alleged affair was why Heslep filed for divorce.
Hill acknowledged to Fox News that she’s going through a divorce and claimed her “abusive husband” has been “determined to try to humiliate me.”
“Intimate photos of me and another individual were published by Republican operatives on the internet without my consent,” Hill said in a statement to Fox News. “I have notified Capitol Hill police who are investigating the situation and potential legal violations of those who posted and distributed the photos, and therefore will have no further comment on the digital materials.”
She continued, “I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain. This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and 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.”
Hill faced an investigation by the House Ethics Committee over this allegation.DONATE
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