Tampa Socialite Sues Government Over Petraeus Scandal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Tampa, Fla., socialite and her husband are claiming in a lawsuit that the government willfully leaked damaging information about them in the scandal that led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director.

Jill Kelley and Scott Kelley filed the lawsuit on Monday in federal court against the FBI, Pentagon and unidentified officials in the government, claiming the couple's privacy was violated.

Jill Kelley became the focus of national media attention after it was revealed she received anonymous emails from Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and mistress. Broadwell allegedly told Kelley to stay away from Petraeus.

The lawsuit claims the federal government violated the Privacy Act. The Kelleys are seeking monetary damages and an apology, among other things.


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