Petraeus Scandal Births A Defamation Lawsuit

defamation trial graphicJill Kelly — a Tampa socialite caught up in the sex scandal involving CIA director David Petraeus — filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. She is claiming defamation and violation of privacy.

Mrs. Kelly claims she was the target of harassing emails from the ex-Central Intelligence Agency Directors’ mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell.  The suit, filed by Kelly and her husband, states that FBI director Robert S. Mueller and members of his department “willfully and maliciously” implicated them in the Petraeus and Broadwell imbroglio.  They also claim Mueller and members of the department engaged in “sexual innuendo, old-fashioned ‘blame the victim’ discrimination” and other privacy violations.

The suit asks for unspecified damages and an apology.  There has been no comment on the suit from any bureau spokesperson.

It was later reported that Kelley and General John Allen, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, had exchanged more than 30,000 inappropriate emails. In an interview published in January, Mrs. Kelley denied the claim that she exchanged upwards of 30,000 emails with Allen and insists she has never met Paula Broadwell.

Both Petraeus and Allen resigned their position with the government and the cyber stalking investigation on Broadwell has been dropped.