David Petraeus Scandal: Who Is Jill Kelley?

Brian Ross investigates how Tampa socialite is involved with the former CIA director's scandal.
3:00 | 11/14/12

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We've been hearing a lot about paula broadwell. But it was jill kelly's complaint to the fbi about receiving disturbing e-mails that started this entire scandal. Brian ross has been tracking kelly's role in this case. Brian? Reporter: Good morning. Her detractors say 37-year-old jill kelly of tampa, is nothi more than a name-dropping, board socialite. But she got close to two of the most powerful men in the country. And they are paying a price for it. Jill kelly spent the day at her home in tampa tuesday, not answering questions. But not really avoiding cameras, either. Showing up in a bright, new outfit every day. As she looked out the window of her home, a television set could be seen in the background, with news coverage of the scandal, that has focused attention on who she is and how she ended up in the middle of it all. The license plate on kelly's mercedes-benz shows she is an honorary consul for south korea. In a 911 phone call, she told the dispatcher that she deserved protection from the media outside because of that. I'm an honorary consul general. I have inviolability. I don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved, as well. Because that's against a law to cross my property. Reporter: Kelly lives near MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, THE HOME Of central command. Where friends say she ingratiated herself with the brass through parties and favor. Jill is known as a gracious hostess, a vivacious individual. Reporter: This picture was taken two years ago at a party at the kelly home. Showing jill kelly's twin sister, natalie, general petraeus, jill's husband, scott, jill, and the general's wife, holly petraeus. There's no question, they were friends. And no reason they wouldn't be friends. Reporter: But despite her lavish entertaining, court documents reviewed by abc news show, that jill kelly and her husband have been sued at least nine times and face foreclosure on their home. The kelly home also served as the office for a charity she and her husband, a doctor, once set up for cancer victims, which spent tens of thousands of dollars on travel, meals and entertainment. Kelly's twin sister, natalie, has her own legal and financial troubles and lost custody of her son in a contentious divorce proceeding in which she was able to get petraeus, as head of the cia and general allen, running the war in afghanistan, to write a letter to the judge on her behalf. One more indication of the connections between these powerful men and jill kelly.

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