Former California congresswoman Katie Hill said Thursday that she made the right choice to resign over her “throuple” scandal — but that her bisexuality played a big role in “sensationalizing” the saga.
“I strongly feel that I made the right call in stepping down, for several reasons. One of which is that I — I did not want to be a liability to my colleagues,” she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
In the interview, the 32-year-old former rising star democrat said the sex scandal — which included a three-way relationship with a female campaign staffer and her ex-husband — became a national obsession because it was steamier than a run-of-the-mill heterosexual affair.
“The bisexuality is a huge part of it. There’s a fantasy element and there’s bi-phobia that’s rampant,” she said. “It’s sensationalizing.”
The relationship made headlines in part because, “We haven’t seen as many of the sex scandals with women,” she said.
The pol also spoke out about her own bad choices, saying she “absolutely” screwed up by having a relationship with the campaign staffer while running for congress in 2018.
“You’re truly in the trenches with these — this very small team,” she said, adding the work environment was unlike a typical job. “Where I think I made the biggest mistake was not setting those boundaries from the very beginning.”
Hill resigned from Congress in October amid the scandal, and an ethics probe into an alleged second relationship with a male congressional staffer, Graham Kelly.
She denied having a sexual relationship with Kelly in the interview, which aired in part on “Good Morning America.”
Hill also addressed her thoughts of suicide after naked photos of her were leaked online.
“If the ultimate outcome was that this destroyed me, and I committed suicide, then what does that, what does that tell [critics]?” Hill said. “That couldn’t be my final story.”
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