(JustPatriots.com)- Disgraced former Congresswoman Katie Hill just can’t catch a break.
After reports exposed her not-so-savory private life including carrying on affairs with subordinates, Nancy Pelosi forced the former California Democrat to resign from Congress rather than face an official ethics inquiry. Rather than let the matter drop, Hill hoped to regain some of her reputation by filing a massive lawsuit against that news outlets that initially broke the story.
Among those Hill sued were the UK Daily Mail and the conservative website RedState, owned by Salem Media, as well as RedState reporter Jennifer Van Laar.
In the lawsuit, Hill accused the outlets of working with her former husband to publish and disseminate “revenge porn.” As such, Hill claimed in her suit that the distribution and publication of those images violated California’s revenge-porn laws.
The defendants argued that publication of the material fell under the First Amendment protections of a Free Press.
The lawsuit was thrown out in April by California Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco. In turn, the defendants each petitioned the court demanding that Hill be ordered to pay their legal fees.
In late May, Hill was ordered to pay nearly $84K toward Jennifer Van Laar’s legal fees.
Then in June, Judge Orozco ordered Hill to pay the Daily Mail more than $100,000 in legal fees.
And last Friday, the judge added to the price tag for Hill’s frivolous lawsuit once again, ordering Throuple Katie to pay nearly $55,000 in legal fees to RedState’s parent company Salem Media Group.
Salem Media initially asked for $70,000 in legal fee which Hill’s lawyers rejected.
Citing the photos revealing Hill’s untoward sexual affair with both a campaign staffer and member of her Congressional staff, Judge Orosco said in her initial ruling that the “intimate images” published “spoke to plaintiff’s character and qualifications for her position.” Given that, the judge determined that the images in question were a matter of public interest and therefore protected under the First Amendment.
Hill has been using social media to solicit contributions to help her pay these massive legal fees.
Despite the embarrassing incident, and her subsequent failure in court, Hill maintains that she may make another run for office in the near future.