A California judge removed the Daily Mail as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by former Rep. Katie Hill that argued the news outlet violated the state’s revenge pornography law in publishing nude photos of her without the Democrat’s consent.
Judge Yolanda Orozco of the Los Angeles Superior Court announced on Wednesday that she was dismissing the claim on First Amendment grounds, concluding that the photos were a matter of public interest. Hill argues that her ex-husband, who she says took the photos, sent them to the Daily Mail in order to inflict emotional harm.
Hill, now 33, resigned her seat in the House in 2019 after the photos were made public, and the congresswoman admitted to an affair with the campaign staffer.
“Here, the intimate images published by Defendant spoke to Plaintiff’s character and qualifications for her position, as they