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Disgraced Rep. Katie Hill LOSES lawsuit against DailyMail.com over article that exposed her ‘throuple’ with a campaign staffer

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  • An LA judge ruled against former Rep. Katie Hill Wednesday, finding the stories were of ‘compelling public interest’ and protected by the First Amendment
  • Hill, 33, filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband Kenneth Heslep, DailyMail.com and conservative news site RedState in December 
  • The suit alleged both media publications conspired to and distributed intimate images of Hill without her consent in October 2019 
  • DailyMail.com published texts and photographs that showed Hill had been in a throuple with her then-husband and 22-year-old staffer Morgan Desjardins
  • The photos also included a nude picture of Hill holding a bong, and with a tattoo of an Iron Cross resembling a Nazi symbol on her bikini line
  • Hill accused Heslep of sharing her nude photos with media outlets in an act of retaliation after she ended their relationship 
  • The couple quietly settled their divorce in October 2020, a year after Hill was forced to resign over the scandal 

Disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill has lost a lawsuit against DailyMail.com over revealing details of her three-way affair with a campaign staffer.

In a judgement handed down on Wednesday, Los Angeles judge Yolanda Orozco threw out Hill’s case, finding that the stories about her were of ‘compelling public interest’ and protected by the First Amendment.

In her ruling, the judge said arguments by Hill’s lawyers were ‘unpersuasive’, and that DailyMail.com’s stories about the former congresswoman were in the ‘public interest’ because they detailed her alleged affair with a campaign staffer, pictured her using drugs that were illegal at the time, and exposed her iron cross crotch tattoo which ‘resembled a white supremacy symbol that had become an issue during her congressional campaign.’

Texts and photographs obtained and published by DailyMail.com in October 2019 showed Hill had been in a throuple with her then-husband Kenny Heslep and 22-year-old staffer Morgan Desjardins.

Disgraced Rep. Katie Hill LOSES lawsuit against DailyMail.com over article that exposed her ‘throuple’ with a campaign staffer, after judge rules stories were of ‘public interest’ and protected by the First Amendment

  • An LA judge ruled against former Rep. Katie Hill Wednesday, finding the stories were of ‘compelling public interest’ and protected by the First Amendment
  • Hill, 33, filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband Kenneth Heslep, DailyMail.com and conservative news site RedState in December 
  • The suit alleged both media publications conspired to and distributed intimate images of Hill without her consent in October 2019 
  • DailyMail.com published texts and photographs that showed Hill had been in a throuple with her then-husband and 22-year-old staffer Morgan Desjardins
  • The photos also included a nude picture of Hill holding a bong, and with a tattoo of an Iron Cross resembling a Nazi symbol on her bikini line
  • Hill accused Heslep of sharing her nude photos with media outlets in an act of retaliation after she ended their relationship 
  • The couple quietly settled their divorce in October 2020, a year after Hill was forced to resign over the scandal 

By Josh Boswell For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:40 EDT, 7 April 2021 | Updated: 16:01 EDT, 7 April 2021

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Disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill has lost a lawsuit against DailyMail.com over revealing details of her three-way affair with a campaign staffer.

In a judgement handed down on Wednesday, Los Angeles judge Yolanda Orozco threw out Hill’s case, finding that the stories about her were of ‘compelling public interest’ and protected by the First Amendment.

In her ruling, the judge said arguments by Hill’s lawyers were ‘unpersuasive’, and that DailyMail.com’s stories about the former congresswoman were in the ‘public interest’ because they detailed her alleged affair with a campaign staffer, pictured her using drugs that were illegal at the time, and exposed her iron cross crotch tattoo which ‘resembled a white supremacy symbol that had become an issue during her congressional campaign.’A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday ruled against former Rep. Katie Hill (pictured arriving at the Capitol in 2019) in her lawsuit against DailyMail.com+5

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday ruled against former Rep. Katie Hill (pictured arriving at the Capitol in 2019) in her lawsuit against DailyMail.com Hill, 33, resigned from Congress in 2019 after shocking nude photos emerged of the politician cavorting with Morgan Desjardins, who was then a 22-year-old junior staffer, (pictured all together) and an ethics probe was launched into her alleged affair with another aide+5

Hill, 33, resigned from Congress in 2019 after shocking nude photos emerged of the politician cavorting with Morgan Desjardins, who was then a 22-year-old junior staffer, (pictured all together) and an ethics probe was launched into her alleged affair with another aide

Texts and photographs obtained and published by DailyMail.com in October 2019 showed Hill had been in a throuple with her then-husband Kenny Heslep and 22-year-old staffer Morgan Desjardins.

Desjardins began a three-way relationship with the married couple shortly after she started working for Hill in 2017. The affair broke down in the summer of 2019 when Hill told both her husband and her lover that she wanted to focus on her work.

The congresswoman, 33, was pictured naked brushing Desjardin’s hair during a trip the three took to Alaska – allegedly funded using campaign finances.

The photos also included a picture of Hill naked holding a bong emblazoned with a skull and crossbones, and with a tattoo of an Iron Cross resembling a Nazi symbol on her bikini line.

The revelations prompted investigations by the House Ethics Committee and the Federal Election Commission, and Hill resigned from congress days later and issued a public apology.

In December last year DailyMail.com published allegations by Hill’s ex-husband that she had sex with three of her staffers, had been involved in another throuple before Desjardins, used campaign donations for a ‘sex-cation’, and drank and smoked marijuana excessively while serving as a member of Congress.

Heslep also claimed that a restraining order Hill had taken out against him was an attempt to gag him from speaking to the media.

Later that month Hill sued the publisher of DailyMail.com, news site Red State, a journalist for the site and Hill’s ex-husband, claiming that naked photographs of her included in the stories as evidence of her affair with her staffer were ‘revenge porn’ and part of ‘a revenge vendetta’.

On Wednesday Judge Orozco ruled that Hill’s claims were an ‘unlawful Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation’, citing a law designed to encourage free speech about ‘matters of public concern’ including politicians, without the chilling effects of fearing costly lawsuits.

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