November 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm PST | by Karen Ocamb
Katie Hill hires expert revenge porn attorney

Rep. Katie Hill’s apologetic, deeply personal and fiery farewell speech to Congress Thursday afternoon is still making waves, even over the din of the House vote on rules for the impeachment inquiry. And now, it appears Hill has hired Carrie Goldberg, a Brooklyn-based woman attorney who is an expert in the kind of revenge porn and cyber exploitation that prompted Hill’s resignation.

Even before Hill took to the well of the House to deliver her remarks, The New York Post reported that she had hired Goldberg, who represents one of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, among others. On her law firm’s website,Goldberg describes herself “as a victims’ rights attorney who has built a team that provides cutting edge legal help for clients under attack by pervs, assholes, psychos, and trolls. Her book Nobody’s Victim was published in August 2019.”

Women were waiting for this news after listening to the agony Hill depicted as the victim of a recognizable double standard and persistent cyber cruelty.

“I’m leaving because I didn’t want to be peddled by papers and blogs and websites used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen and the right wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me – taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent – for the sexual entertainment of millions,” Hill said to an empty House chamber and countless C-Span viewers.

“I’m leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse, this time with the entire country watching,” Hill said.

“I am leaving because of the thousands of vile threatening emails, calls, and texts that made me fear for my life and the lives of the people I care about,” she said. “Today is the first time that I’ve left my apartment since the photos, taken without my consent, were released – and I’m scared.”

Hill said there were “hundreds more photos and text messages” that her enemies intended to release “bit by bit until they broke me down to nothing.”

But, she added emphatically: “We will not stand down. We will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will rise and we will make tomorrow better than today. Thank you and I yield the balance of my time, for now but not forever.”

With that, Hill left the House center stage – but her counter-offensive appears to have just begun – Brooklyn-style.

Goldberg’s law firm “fights for victims of sexual assaultstalking, and blackmail – online and off. We fight for people under attack and fight against the assholes, psychos, pervs and trolls who think they can get away with it,” the website announces. “We are done living in a world of abuse and we are not afraid to sue the *&%$ out of schools, tech companies, and employers who tolerate it. There are many ways to get justice for our clients – economic justice, restraining orders, advocacy in Campus Disciplinary proceedings, exposing a predator, getting the piece-of-shit thrown in jail.”

The Post describes Goldberg as a “revenge porn warrior.”

“This is a historic situation where an alleged abusive ex, bloodthirsty opposition, and a media without morals joined forces to hijack a brilliant young woman’s hard-fought congressional seat. It’s a new low for democracy,” Goldberg told The New York Post.

“Everybody who participated in Representative Hill’s humiliation is on notice that we will track them down,” Goldberg said. “Anybody who continues to share, barter, peddle, sell images of Representative Hill will be found out and be brought to justice one way or another. Whether you are an ex-partner, a political opponent, a publisher, or the Republican National Committee, don’t think for a second you’ll be getting away with destroying a woman’s life.”

“Investigation into the universe of defendants is just beginning,” Goldberg told The Post.

Goldberg cautioned that proving and prosecuting revenge porn cases are difficult but she’s committed to seeking justice for Hill.

“I’m so grateful that in the past five years, our country has gotten to a place where there are legal options for Representative Katie Hill, and others who’ve suffered the vile humiliation of having their intimate pictures shared and published without consent,” Goldberg said. “The legal options may not be perfect and we need a federal revenge porn law that provides both civil and criminal justice, however our law firm exists to demand justice for victims of sexual violence.”

Hill’s ex, Kenny Heslep, hasn’t responded to multiple media requests for comment that he is the source of the revenge porn. But his parents told BuzzFeed News that the leak of the nude photos and his cell phone text messages resulted from his computer being hacked.

However, a timeline developed by Michael Finnegan and Matt Pearce at the LA Times suggests otherwise.

The Times piece begins:

“Kenneth Heslep’s divorce from Katie Hill had grown nasty by the time he told a podcaster in late September that he was ready to talk publicly about his split with the Democratic congresswoman.

 

“Any interest in an interview, and the whole story yet?” Heslep texted Stephen Daniels, host of “Talk of Santa Clarita,” punctuating the offer with a smiling-face emoji. It was 1:40 a.m.

 

Daniels declined. “It was clear he wanted to air dirty laundry,” Daniels recalled Wednesday.

 

Conservative websites soon revealed that they had obtained some of Hill’s private texts and nude photos of her, including one with a campaign aide.

 

The main authors of the articles, it turns out, were former campaign advisors to Steve Knight, the Republican congressman ousted by Hill a year ago.

 

The result was a shocking shift in fortune for a woman on a rapid rise to power after capturing a long-held Republican seat in 2018 in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles. Hill has announced her resignation. Her last day is Friday.”

 

 

 

 

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