Florida Socialite at Center of Generals' Sex Scandal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
A Florida socialite at the center of a sex scandal surrounding former CIA Director David Petraeus is now part of an investigation into the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan over thousands of alleged "inappropriate communications" between the two.

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, Gen. David Petraeus, center, walks with his wife Holly, left, past a seated Paula Broadwell, rear right, as he arrives to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus quit Nov. 9, 2012, after acknowledging an extramarital relationship. As questions arise about the extramarital affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, she has remained quiet about details of their relationship. However, information has emerged about Jill Kelley, the woman who received the emails from Broadwell that led to the FBI�s discovery of Petraeus� indiscretion. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida socialite at the center of a sex scandal surrounding former CIA Director David Petraeus is now part of an investigation into the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan over thousands of alleged "inappropriate communications" between the two.

Jill Kelley is a close friend of Petraeus' and served as a sort of social ambassador for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, hosting parties for the general when he was commander there from 2008-10. The 37-year-old woman's complaint about an anonymous, threatening email triggered an FBI investigation that uncovered Petraeus' affair and led to his downfall.

Now investigators are pouring over email between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. Allen has denied wrongdoing.


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