A lurid scandal on Capitol Hill has now prompted a legal threat after a leaked photo revealed a congresswoman in the nude smoking pot out of a bong.
Katie Hill, a freshman Democratic representative from California, is facing an ethics investigation over her sexual relationships with two subordinates from her office, a man and a woman. Hill allegedly participated in a threesome with the woman and her husband, as well as had a separate affair with the man.
A new layer to the scandal came to light on Thursday when the Daily Mail published a fully nude photograph of Hill apparently smoking marijuana from a bong. In the photograph, she also appeared to have a tattoo similar to an “Iron Cross,” a symbol associated with Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s.
Hill’s lawyers filed a cease-and-desist letter with The Daily Mail following the publication of the photos, claiming that the paper’s assertion of Hill’s wearing a Nazi tattoo was “false and defamatory.”
A Republican rival of Hill said that her affairs “could have put our nation at risk due to her heightened potential to be blackmailed.”