Tampa Socialite Jill Kelley Sues FBI, Defense Department For Violation Of Privacy

AP

Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla. socialite swept up in the sex scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, filed a suit with her husband against the FBI and Department of Defense on Monday for defamation and violation of privacy.

The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, alleges that FBI director Robert S. Mueller and unnamed Department of Defense employees “willfully and maliciously” implicated the couple in the scandal surrounding Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell after they approached the FBI with private information to report cyberstalking and threats.

Emails between Kelley and General John Allen, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan , surfaced during the probe into Petraeus’ affair. In an interview published in January, Kelley denied the claim that she exchanged upwards of 30,000 emails with Allen.

Read the complaint here.

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