Jill Kelley and Sister Natalie: The Soap Opera Continues
Jill Kelley has retained lawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis manager Judy Smith, who once represented Monica Lewinsky. Like Paula Broadwell, she is married to a physician, cancer surgeon Scott Kelley. Jill Kelley has a twin sister Natalie Khawam, who recently lost an ugly custody battle. Both Petraeus and Gen. Allen wrote support letters in support of her attempt to overturn the ruling. (You can read them here.)
Kelley, who grew up in Philadelphia, is of Lebanese descent. Her family, Maronite Catholics, immigrated from Jounieh, Lebanon, in the mid-1970s, according to a 1988 article about her family's restaurant, Sahara, in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has a twin sister, Natalie, the article said.
Natalie is described by the New York Post as "psychologically unstable."
The Judge blasted Natalie, who is a lawyer, and gave sole custody to her husband, Grayson Wolfe, a partner in a DC-based private venture firm.
The generals' letters to the court — written in the past two months — supported a motion to overturn a ruling made nearly a year earlier by a judge who resoundingly denied custody to Khawam, because of serious reservations about her honesty and mental stability, court records show.
....The judge gave Wolfe sole custody of the couple’s son after finding that Khawam, a lawyer, repeatedly lied under oath and filed bogus domestic-violence and child-abuse claims against her husband after their one-year marriage began crumbling in 2009.
The judge overseeing the case cited Khawam with “outrageous conduct,” “bad faith litigation tactics,” and “illogical thinking,” awarding full custody to the father and socking the mom with $350,000 in legal fees in 2011.
There were threatening e-mails in that case as well:
That judge also found that Khawam routinely defied court orders to let the child see his dad and sent harassing e-mails to Wolfe’s friends and business partners that “excoriated Mr. Wolfe for being a horrible father and husband.”
According to the Daily Mail (UK), Natalie Khwam is being sued by her lawyer for $100,000 in legal fees, and has been accused by her former employer, Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen, of omitting assets from a recent bankruptcy petition, including Rolex watches, sable furs and a diamond ring. Cohen is livid because Natalie Khwam filed a suit alleging sexual harassment at his firm.
Gen. Allen denies a romantic involvement with Jill Kelley, who it appears was essentially a party planner. Gen. Petraeus denies being the source of any CIA or once-classified documents found on Paula Broadwell's computers, and the FBI found nothing to contradict that.
Also from the Tampa Bay Times: Jill Kelley and her husband were the subject of a foreclosure action in 2011:
Court records show they owed the bank nearly $2.2 million, including attorney fees. In 2011, a judge ordered the property to be put up for sale.
Summary of the latest developments: A tawdry soap opera having little or nothing to do with national security.
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