Jessica Cutler (The Washingtonienne) Sex Scandal
6 years old news. But… here's some juices from reading Blogging. Quote:
Jessica Cutler, aka “The Washingtonienne”, blogged about her sex life while employed as a congressional assistant. After the blog was discovered and she was fired, she wrote a novel based on her experiences and blog: The Washingtonienne: A Novel. Cutler is presently being sued by one of her former lovers in a case that could establish the extent to which bloggers are obligated to protect the privacy of their real life associates.
- The Washingtonienne Jessica Cutler. amazon
Jessica Louise Cutler (born May 18, 1978, in Monterey, California) is a blogger, an author, and former congressional staff assistant who was fired for detailing her active sexual life, including receiving money for having sex, in her blog.
In 2004 while a staff assistant for Senator Michael DeWine, Cutler published a short-lived blog called Washingtonienne describing her life in Washington, D.C. which included graphic details of her sex life.
Cutler justified receiving money from her lovers by saying “I'm sure I am not the only one who makes money on the side this way: How can anybody live on $25K/year??”
Her identity was revealed by the blog “Wonkette” in May 2004, which resulted in a scandal on Capitol Hill.
On May 21, 2004, Cutler was fired for “unacceptable use of Senate computers” by Senator DeWine. Media treatment of Cutler was harsh, the Philadelphia Daily News going so far as to label her a “DC slut”. Cutler, though, has been relatively accepting of her notoriety:
In summer 2004, Playboy.com featured an interview and nude pictures of Cutler.
She wrote a novel based on her experiences and blog: The Washingtonienne: A Novel, selling it for a reported $300,000. A reviewer for the Washington Post wrote, “‘The Washingtonienne’ gives hints of being lively, funny and agreeably in-your-face.” Judy Bachrach of the Weekly Standard wrote, “This is a novel of uncommon candor, humor, and perspicacity, and I loved every page of it.”