Katie Hill, a former Democratic congresswoman from California filed for bankruptcy this week, one year after losing a nearly $300,000 revenge porn lawsuit against four different parties, the LA times reported.
The event happened when Hill sued a website, a British tabloid, and two journalists for allegedly sharing and publishing the former congresswoman’s lewd content without getting her permission.
Hill was compelled to pay the attorneys’ costs for each of the numerous defendants she sued after a judge dropped her case in June 2021. These payments totaled close to $300,000.
Hill’s attorney, Carrie Goldberg, claims that because of the financial toll that the hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments would have on her, the former congressman “had no choice” but to file for bankruptcy.
“It’s a broken system where a plaintiff’s sensible use of our legal system to adjudicate fundamental breaches to their sexual privacy results in such financially punishing consequences for daring to file a legal case that bankruptcy is the last resort,” Goldberg told the L.A. Times on Tuesday, shortly after Hill filed for bankruptcy.
Hill first made headlines in 2018 when she flipped a congressional district that encompassed most of northern Los Angeles and eastern Ventura counties.
In 2019, conservative websites allegedly published nude photographs of Hill. The congresswoman ultimately resigned from her position later in 2019 and filed the revenge porn lawsuit against 2 conservative websites and 2 journalists a few months later.
The former congressman owed approximately $275,000 in total in attorneys’ costs to the four parties, as well as $100,000 to her own attorneys, according to the courts that ruled against Hill.
Hill also spoke out on Tuesday, taking to Twitter to express how she does not regret filing the lawsuit against the parties.
Here’s what the 34-year-old former California representative tweeted:
“Victims of our cyber exploitation are being let down by our legal system, and I have gotten an unfortunately personal look at the damage that can do. When a vengeful person, political opponents, and a global tabloid conspired to take me and publish naked photos of me — including those taken without my knowledge or consent — a judge ruled that my naked body was in the public interest, and that I have no right to hold accountable those responsible for this assault to my privacy and dignity.”
“The consequences to me personally meant that I had to recently file bankruptcy. Still, I don’t regret doing so, despite the severe and lasting financial repercussions of the offensive and just plain wrong ruling.”
Victims of cyber exploitation are being let down by our legal system, and I have gotten an unfortunately personal look at the damage that can do. My thoughts below: pic.twitter.com/XuQq3ZqgWR
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) July 12, 2022
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