Thursday, 1 Oct 2020

Katie Hill ‘regrets not setting boundaries’ after naked pics of rep's bisexual tryst with staffer, 24, were leaked

FORMER Representative Katie Hill has said she regrets not drawing “clear boundaries” with her staff – nine months after leaked nude photos and an ethics investigation into alleged sexual relations with staffers forced her to resign.

Hill, 32, confessed her mistakes while promoting her new memoir, “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior for True Equity,” on MSNBC’s Morning Joeon Monday. 

“Of course there’s things I wouldn’t have done,” Hill said when co-host Mika Brzezinski asked about her self-reflection since stepping down and whether she had regrets. 

"Writing the book and being quarantined and having these last eight months, there’s been nothing but self-reflection. Some of the mistakes are obvious,” Hill said. 

“And when it comes down to it, the simplest way of describing it is I allowed myself to get too close to my staff and to not draw the clear boundaries that you should, and I think that was a trap I fell into for a number of reasons that I discuss in the book.”

Hill, a Democrat from California, served for 10 months before resigning in October after nude photos of her circulated the internet and the House Ethics Committee launched and investigation into her alleged sexual relationships with two subordinate staffers, one male and the other female. 

She was openly bisexual and was considered a rising star before her viral resignation. 

Hill said that she does not regret leaving Congress and that the “salaciousness that happened with me and the fact that I was a young woman all contributed to me feeling like I needed to step down.”

Her memoir, released on Tuesday, shares her mission moving forward, which she said is “supporting woman getting elected for office and helping to dismantle the roadblocks that we all face systemically to facing misogynistic society.”

“The bottom line is that we need to elect more women, up and down the ballot," Hill said. 

"For us to achieve true change, that’s going to be what it takes.”

Hill’s scandal began when the conservative news site RedState reported that her estranged husband Kenneth Heslep posted on Facebook that she had been sleeping with her male finance director, Graham Kelly.

Photos then surfaced of Hill kissing female staffer Morgan Desjardins, 24, and naked and holding what looked like a bong. 

The House of Representatives prohibits sexual relationships with congressional staff.

In an op-ed published in The New York Times in December, Hill wrote that she contemplated suicide because she “wanted it all to be over.” 

With her memoir, Hill appears to have bounced back from her darker days. 

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