Bisexual congresswoman Katie Hill hit back on Tuesday at the 'throuple' controversy that is threatening her promising political career.
The freshman Democrat from California blamed her husband Kenny Heslep, 36, for the accusation, calling him 'abusive.' During her election campaign she posted picture after picture of him, saying how much she loved him.
Hill, 32, was the subject of a bombshell report on the right-wing site Red State on Friday alleging she was in a throuple with her husband and her 22-year-old female staffer.
The report linked to a picture of a completely naked Hill brushing the hair of the young woman.
The politician was also accused of having a separate affair with her male legislative affairs officer, Graham Kelly, 31.
According to text messages, Hill's relationship with Kelly was the final straw for Heslep, saying he could accept his wife having a relationship with a woman, but not with another man.
Bisexual congresswoman Katie Hill lashed out at her husband Kenny Heslep on Tuesday after allegations she was in a throuple with him and her young female staffer
In a statement to Politico, Hill, 32, said: 'The fact is I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit a private matter for political gain,' she added, without saying who she considered were her opponents
In a statement to Politico, Hill said: 'The fact is I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to humiliate me.
'I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit a private matter for political gain,' she added, without saying who she considered were her opponents.
'This coordinated effort to destroy me and people close to me is despicable and will not succeed,' she pledged. 'I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.'
Hill won a previously staunch Republican seat in north and west Los Angeles — that includes the Ronald Reagan library — in the blue wave that swept much of California.
She is vice chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, whose chairman Elijah Cummings died last week.
RedState reported that both Hill and her husband Heslep were involved with the female campaign worker.
It said the three went on several vacations together, including a trip to Alaska where the naked picture of Hill was taken. The report also included pictures of Hill kissing the young woman.
In all the pictures, the woman's face was blurred out but from the report DailyMail.com has been able to ascertain the woman's identity.
When approached at her home in California, the woman appeared agitated and declined to comment, saying: 'No comment, please leave. Leave now.'
Hill was also accused of having a separate affair with her male legislative affairs officer, Graham Kelly (pictured together)
DailyMail.com's attempts to contact Heslep were unsuccessful.
RedState said both the woman and Hill's husband noticed a change in Hill's demeanor after she took her seat in Congress in January.
By May, she broke off her relationships with both of them, saying she wanted to focus on her 'important' work in Washington.
Texts provided to the site showed Hill telling the woman: 'I still care about you.'
The staffer replied: 'Well I still care about you, but I think I need a little more time to 'move on' before we can be friends.'
She added: 'It's not that I hate you, it's just that it hurts too much to think about you at this point in time.'