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Katie Hill seeks damages for leak of nude photos


Former Rep. Katie Hill has filed court papers against her ex-husband, the Daily Mail and stemming from the unauthorized publication of nude images of her.

The Daily Mail in 2019 published nude photos of Hill taken by her former spouse, Kenneth Heslep, according to the former congresswoman’s still unofficial Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which alleges state Civil Code violations and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Hill is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction preventing further distribution of the photos. Haslep has previously denied allegations of abusing Hill.

“This case is about a man …. stopping at nothing to destroy the life of his ex-wife… when she dared end their relationship after more than 15 years of physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse,” Hill’s court papers allege.

Hill alleges in her court papers that she lived in fear that if she ever tried to leave, Heslep would kill them both and their animals.

In October 2019, months after Hill had left her relationship with Heslep for good, published “the first in a barrage of articles that included pictures and intimate text messages,” according to Hill’s court papers. “Then the sexually graphic photos were released.”

On Dec. 8, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Heslep to stay at least 100 yards away from his 33-year-old ex-wife, as well as her mother and sister. The ex-couple officially divorced in October.

Hill resigned her 25th District congressional seat in 2019 after the nude photos of her were published and news emerged that she had a three-way relationship with her husband and a campaign staffer. She was also accused of having an affair with a member of her congressional staff.

The 25th Congressional District includes Santa Clarita Valley, and portions of the northern San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley and eastern Ventura County.