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Rep. Katie Hill Resigns from Congress, Blames ‘Abusive’ Husband

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Rep. Katie Hill Resigns from Congress, Blames 'Abusive' Husband

WASHINGTON DC (TMZ) — Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill just threw in the towel … announcing her resignation amid a scandal that she’s now blaming on her husband and dirty politics.

Rep. Hill — a Democrat — issued a letter Sunday, saying she was stepping down from her elected post in the House of Representatives after winning the seat in last year’s election. She repped California’s 25th congressional district, covering parts of Northern Los Angeles.

In the document, she makes some damning allegations against her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep … whom she’s in the middle of divorcing right now, and it just got nastier.

Hill writes, “This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation.”

She goes on to say, “Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options.” The implication is that Heslep facilitated the leak.

If you hadn’t heard … nude photos of Hill surfaced last week, as did news of extramarital relationships she allegedly had with 2 different people — a congressional staffer of hers, and a former campaign aide. She admitted to the aide fling, but denied a staffer affair.

Hill finishes her letter by saying that she’s stepping down to avoid further pain and embarrassment being thrust onto her and others, while also apologizing for her mistakes.

She writes, “Thank you for allowing me to turn my focus on this particular battle right now, and know that I stand with you as we continue to fight for the many important issues that brought me to Congress in the first place.”

Hill ends on a positive note, writing … “I love this country, I love all of you, and I thank you for allowing me the great honor of serving you.”

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USC Fires Athletic Dept Officials Tied to Admissions Scandal

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USC Fires Athletic Dept Officials Tied to College Admissions Scandal

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) –Heads are rolling in USC’s athletic department over the college admissions scandal and university fundraising — a key part of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’ s defense.

The university just fired 3 officials — CFO Steve Lopes , senior associate athletic director Ron Orr and associate athletic director Scott Jacobson. USC hasn’t said why they were canned, but we’ve confirmed all 3 were heavily involved in fundraising efforts for Trojan athletics.



TMZ broke the story … Mossimo wrote a check for $50k, payable directly to USC. Sources connected to the case told us the check was sent to another athletics director, Donna Heinel, who USC already fired. We’re told the check was sent at the direction of the scandal ringleader, Rick Singer.

Lori and Mossimo contend they were making a donation on the up and up — and for that reason, one of their key witnesses could be former Athletic Director Pat Haden. He talked about his fundraising mission back in 2011, saying the Trojans needed to keep donor checks coming in to “feed the beast.”

Our sources say USC has been handing over documents to prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case — so it’s possible some of those docs turned up new incriminating info about the newly fired officials. We haven’t been able to confirm that.

You’ll recall, Singer requested photos of Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, on rowing machines. Prosecutors believe the intent was to make it seem they were avid rowers, eligible for admission as USC Crew team members.

We’re told USC had its antennae up as much 9 months before the indictments of Singer, Loughlin, Giannulli and Felicity Huffman. In fact, Heinel was fired the same day the feds announced the indictments in March 2019.

Sounds like USC is cleaning house. The school’s new Athletic Director, Mike Bohn, was announced in November … after Lynn Swann resigned from the position in September.

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Clint Eastwood’s Son Busted Trying To Remove Protest Signs

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Scott Eastwood Busted Trying To Take Down Protesters' Signs

DEL MAR (TMZ) — Scott Eastwood allegedly tried to pull a fast one and pose as a city official while taking down banners protesting a massive development project … but he got caught in the act and it’s all on video.

Here’s the deal … folks in Del Mar, CA are protesting a proposed luxury resort atop 16.5 acres of oceanfront land north of San Diego, and they’re voicing concerns with signs and banners around the town.

Scott showed up to a demonstration Sunday at the Del Mar Plaza, telling protesters he was with the city and ordering them to take down signs and banners … at least according to folks on the ground.

Check out this video … protesters recognize Scott, who is busy screwing with a banner, and tell him they’ve got prior approval to keep the signs up. Clint Eastwood‘s son realizes he’s been outed, and he smirks before hightailing it outta there as people start hurling insults.

It’s interesting … Scott owns a bar and some small businesses in the area, and protesters are under the impression he’s an investor in the proposed resort.

We reached out to reps for the actor … no word back, so far.

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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

NEW YORK (Harvey Weinstein says he’s been had by jurors who are pretending to be impartial when in fact they want him locked up and the key thrown away.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala , filed legal docs Friday to further support his motion for a change of venue … claiming the 12-person jury was comprised of “stealth jurors” who lied during the jury selection process, claiming they could be clean slates when it came to hearing evidence when in fact they held secret prejudices.

The lawyer cites examples of 2 prospective jurors who claimed impartiality but later revealed their feelings on social media. One wrote, “Goodbye Jury Duty. And goodbye Harvey Weinstein. I hope they convict you on all counts…I was told not to talk about the trial if I was a juror…I don’t know if it’s my past as a lawyer or my past at Disney but I’m free for the next 4 years- unlike Harvey!”

The other prospective juror also took to Facebook, writing, “Ok that was my time on the Weinstein case. Do I get paid? I don’t get up before 5 for free. Harvey you cant [sic] act for sh*t with that walker you made it look like a prize on The Price is Right. Also they’re gonna crucify you.”

The ship, however, has already sailed. The judge denied the defense motion for a change of venue and a 12-person jury has been picked. Opening arguments are set for this week.

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