Former House member who resigned files for bankruptcy

FILE – U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, D-California, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 3, 2019. Former Rep. Hill has filed for bankruptcy protection. If successful, the move could save Hill around $220,000 in legal fees to a British tabloid and two conservative journalists she sued after intimate photos were published without her consent.J. Scott Applewhite/AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California congresswoman Katie Hill, who was ordered to pay legal fees for a British tabloid and two conservative journalists she sued after intimate photos were published without her consent, filed for bankruptcy.

If successful, the move could allow Hill to avoid paying approximately $220,000 in costs to defendants, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The Democrat who briefly represented a district north of Los Angeles had accused multiple parties in a revenge porn lawsuit of breaking the law by publishing or distributing the compromising photos. The lawsuit was dismissed, and a judge later made the financial judgments.


Hill did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

She resigned in 2019 after the photos were released and amid a House ethics investigation into allegations of inappropriate sex with one of her congressmen, which she denied.

Hill, 34, came to national attention in 2018 when she was elected to Congress in a district long under Republican control. She was celebrated as the face of millennial change and was close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another California Democrat.

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