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Capitol sex blogger files for bankruptcy

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June 2, 2007

Jessica Cutler, the former Senate aide whose online sex diary landed her a book deal and a Playboy photo spread but got her kicked off Capitol Hill, has filed for bankruptcy.

Cutler, an aide to then-Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, created the "Washingtonienne" blog in 2004 and began posting racy details about her sex life with six men, including a Senate colleague and "a few generous older gentlemen" who she said paid many of her living expenses.

When the blog was discovered, Cutler was fired. She moved to New York, wrote a novel based on the scandal, posed naked and started a new Web site that describes her as "a published author who jumps out of cakes for money."

Under the occupation heading of her Web site, it reads: "I'm freelancing."

Cutler has spent much of her time fending off a lawsuit by ex-boyfriend and fellow DeWine staffer Robert Steinbuch, who contends Cutler's blog publicly humiliated him. He is seeking more than $20 million in damages.

In court documents filed in the case Thursday, Cutler says she can't even pay her American Express bill, legal fees and student loans. She submitted to the judge a copy of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition filed in New York dated Wednesday.

Reached by e-mail Friday, Cutler would not answer questions about what happened to the money she earned from her book — a deal her publisher said in 2004 was worth well into the six figures — or from her Playboy shoot.

The lawsuit is being watched by online privacy groups and bloggers because the case could help establish whether people who keep online diaries are obligated to protect the privacy of the people they interact with offline.

By law, Cutler's bankruptcy filing puts the lawsuit against her on hold. It was already mired in contentious pretrial arguments with each side demanding personal information from the other and Steinbuch saying he didn't want to give a videotaped deposition for fear Cutler would put it on the Internet.

A message seeking comment was left at the office of Steinbuch's attorney in Florida.

There was no immediate response.

5 Responses to Capitol sex blogger files for bankruptcy

  1. Access Of Evil

    June 2, 2007 at 11:39 am

    So, when did she pose for Playboy, and where can I get a copy?

  2. Helen Rainier

    June 2, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Does she had a law degree from Regent University?

  3. Wayne K Dolik

    June 2, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    So, I can’t comment. :(

  4. wiseoldgranny

    June 3, 2007 at 1:28 am

    There are so many repub sex scandals that they are becoming very boring. They have no imagination and the men are ‘do it to me’, instead of let’s do it together types. Seems that they marry women that cowtow to them in every way but what counts for them….sad.

    Must come from their ‘upbringing’, as in, ‘it’s all about me’. The women seem willing to do anything for attention and money.

    Not all, but the hypocritical ones seem, to me, to be that way. The sickest of sickos. Now delay is saying that his affairs aren’t as bad as newt’s. Wonder how his wife feels about that?

  5. gene

    June 3, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Nice looking lady (?) but who am I to judge. Hey she could seduce me under the right or is it wrong circumstances. Its called “human nature” but it does not make it right but (dam) wrong feels so good at times. I love pretty ladies….right or wrong…their just pretty and try as I might I am not always able to keep in respectable.

    These elected officals are as human as any of us and I am not going to judge them for being human, thats God’s domain. They should however be extremely careful but it just ain’t going to happen. Besides the real issue is how they waste our money but who cares anymore. The almighty dollar is worth less than the ink and paper in consumes. Say hello to hyperinflation.