Transcript for Former Congresswoman Katie Hill speaks out
Exclusive interview we Katy hill she's a congresswoman who resigned after nude pictures of her with a campaign aide were leaked online. Our chief anchor George Stephanopoulos sat down with hill issue reflected on her meteoric rise and fall in politics she also explains why she rejects the term. Revenge for. This is the last speech that would give from this floor as a member of congress. Once a rising star in the Democratic Party Katy hill a 32 year old freshman congresswoman from California. Resigned less than a year after taking office. Who was the biggest mistake having a relationship of the campaign staffer. Absolutely what I started to run for congress it was I was 8000 nobody I was a nonprofit director at that was but that 29 years old when I jumped and and I did not have any political experience and so I was a complete longshot but my teen. Which builds over time was especially people who were who were there in the beginning it never felt like he. An employer employee relationship in the way that I'd Bennett had been an executive at a large organization before. The boundaries were completely different because you're truly in the trenches with these this dairy small team. Where I think ending the biggest mistake was knots setting those boundaries from the very beginning. In October intimate photos and text messages until began leaking online hill who was in the midst of a divorce. Has accused her estranged husband Kenny had slept of leaking the photos in an act of cyber exploitation. The photos are released you're also accuse not only having relations with the campaign staffer but having a relationship. With someone in your congressional staff which obviously. We'll cross all kinds of ethical lines that accusation came from my ex husband and it launched a structured now especially. The person that he was accusing me of was somebody who he was my first higher rate is the first person who worked on my campaign and he came within Washington and we were friends and it shows you how. Easy it is to win when your time up someone. Especially a woman being a victim of something like the far astray or or cyber exploitation or for revenge foreigner. Whatever you call it what do you want to call it. Well there's a problem with the term revenge partly because it implies they. That there's something to be taking revenge for right that the woman may be did something wrong in the first place. And proud of she also could imply that it was. It was consensual and it's not. Lawyers for hell's estranged husband telling ABC news that ms. hill made no allegations of abuse in her petition for dissolution. Mr. Hassell denies any allegations of abuse or wrongdoing out right. The parties are currently in the process of negotiating an amicable settlement mr. Hess slip respectfully asks for privacy during this time. And how much you view. Progress the decision to actually resigned paper he's he should've stayed and fought. I strongly. Feel that I'm in the right call and stepping down for several reasons. One of which is that I I did not want to be a liability to my colleagues we knew from the people who had the photos. That's. Eight of the had obtained the photos beds there were hundreds more. Images and text messages that were out there that I had no idea what they could be now or how they can be taken out of context news story exploded. The harmonious political scandals that was exploded to some to some degree but how much of it is tied to thanking your mind. Get your bi sexual I think a lot of it is and it's also partly. Because more men we haven't seen as many right stood sex scandals with lemon but in the bisexuality is is a huge part of it right this is this is. Because of the fantasy element of it there is by phobia that is rampant still. I'm and certainly misunderstanding. Black bisexual bisexuality is. Ends its sensationalizing. Right it's the headlines are much. Much better than just go congresswoman has. You know affair with a former campaign staffer. You Rhode. In the days after your resignation you. Have seemed like you're very close to suicide. What stopped you from taking that final. Fatal Scott. It was my family and it was the people who knew it would. For lack of a better word break but I Neil. Of all the girls and young women who looked up to me who saw this happen to me thanks ultimate outcome was that this destroyed me. Ends. You know I committed suicide what does that tell them and it's that can't that couldn't be my final story.
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