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Depressed, anxious, nauseated': Katie Hill reacts to allegations Matt Gaetz shared nude images of women on House floor

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 04 Apr 2021

<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/6069bd2fa7d803001963ea83-1200/pjimage%20(7).jpg" border="0" alt="katie hill matt gaetz" data-mce-source="Drew Angerer/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida (L) and former Rep. Katie Hill of California (R)."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.insider.com/katie-hill-revenge-porn-consent-exploitation-2019-11">Former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill</a> said she felt "depressed, anxious" and "nauseated" following reports that former colleague Matt Gaetz faces a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/justice-department-investigating-matt-gaetz-sexual-relationship-17-year-old-2021-3" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40">sex trafficking investigation.</a></p><p>In addition to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-sex-trafficking-extortion-investigation-explainer-timeline-2021-3">allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution</a>, Gaetz this week has been accused of showing other lawmakers images of nude women he claimed to have slept with, according to a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/politics/matt-gaetz-photos-women/index.html" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="cd1565a93bf3ad0a1aba87bcbeb0f5a4">CNN report</a>. The Florida Republican is said to have shown these photos both in private and on the House floor.</p><p>Hill was <a href="https://www.insider.com/katie-hill-revenge-porn-consent-exploitation-2019-11">forced to resign in October 2019</a> after nude images of her were leaked by British tabloid The Daily Mail.</p><p>The report also detailed claims she was involved in a polyamorous relationship with her ex-husband and a female campaign staffer during her run for Congress.</p><p><em><strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/matt-gaetz-sex-scandal-doj-investigation-republicans-trump-2021-3" data-e2e-name="inline-read-more-link">Republicans are unloading on Rep. Matt Gaetz in gossipy texts and snide asides amid reports of a DOJ sex investigation: 'He's the meanest person in politics'</a></em></p><p>She blamed her estranged husband at the time for the publication of the photos and left Congress vowing to combat revenge porn.</p><p>"The last few days I've been depressed, anxious, nauseated, and haven't wanted to leave the house or even talk to people I love," she <a href="https://twitter.com/KatieHill4CA">said on Twitter on Saturday</a>. "If you've been a victim of non-consensual intimate image abuse and are feeling the same way, please reach out to CCRI. You're not alone."</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The last few days Ive been depressed, anxious, nauseated, and havent wanted to leave the house or even talk to the people I love. <br><br>If youve been the victim of nonconsensual intimate image abuse and are feeling the same way, please reach out to CCRI. Youre not alone. <a href="https://t.co/lzw3f1awkW">https://t.co/lzw3f1awkW</a></p> Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1378482927307198470'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p></p><p>Hill and Gaetz struck an unlikely friendship while serving together in Congress.</p><p>In 2019, Gaetz defended Hill during her scandal, <a href="https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1187338442511917056">tweeting at the time</a>: "I serve on Armed Services with Katie and while we frequently disagree on substance, she is always well-prepared, focused, and thoughtful."</p><p>Hill also jumped to Gaetz's defense in 2020 when he <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/katie-hill-defended-rep-matt-gaetz-raising-nestor-as-son-2020-6">r</a><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/katie-hill-defended-rep-matt-gaetz-raising-nestor-as-son-2020-6">evealed that he had raised a young man from Cuba</a> as his son.</p><p>"<a href="https://www.insider.com/category/revenge-porn" data-analytics-module="summary_bullets" data-analytics-post-depth="0">Revenge porn</a>" is the act of non-consensually sharing explicit photos online. It has been an increasing concern for celebrities and public figures. <a href="https://www.insider.com/aoc-calls-revenge-porn-targeting-rep-katie-hill-major-crime-2019-10" data-analytics-module="summary_bullets" data-analytics-post-depth="0">It especially affects women</a>.</p><p>Many experts say the name "revenge porn" is misleading because it implies the victim must have done something to deserve the crime when this is almost always not the case, <a href="https://www.insider.com/katie-hill-revenge-porn-consent-exploitation-2019-11">Insider reported previously.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/revenge-porn-victim-katie-hill-reacts-latest-matt-gaetz-allegations-2021-4#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-symphony-seas-worlds-largest-cruise-ship-deals-with-waste-2020-3">How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship</a></p>
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