When the Gen. Petraeus scandal broke last week, a few folks joked that they needed ABC’s “Scandal” character Olivia Pope to get in on that “situation”. And guess what….the real-life Olivia Pope is involved…but not on the general’s side.
Judy Smith, who runs the crisis management firm Smith & Co., (and on whom Kerry Washington’s character is based) has been hired by Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who helped spark the email investigation.
Jill, who is married with kids, claims she was harrassed by former CIA head Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell. Apparently, Paula, who is also married, thought the thousands of emails shared between Jill and the General on his official account were due to Jill being his second mistress. Damn side chicks are BOLD these days.
On Sunday, Smith & Co., released a statement on Jill’s behalf saying,
“We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”
What’s interesting now is to watch Jill’s behavior now that we know Smith & Co. is advising her..and we have “Scandal” as a reference point. And the advice clearly wasn’t to keep a low profile as reports say Jill leaves her home dressed to the nines everyday (and based on her hot pink outfit today and full face of makeup while having coffee…the social climber is loving the attention) and leaves her curtains open (in full zoom of awaiting photographers camped outside her home).
Also, she’s called police, complaining about the photographers, and tried to invoke “diplomatic protection” to have them removed. She’s not even an actual diplomat by the way. Not very low key. Umm…doesn’t Olivia usually have her clients go somewhere and have a seat? Not this one.
But we bet Shonda Rhimes will turn this incident into a storyline….we hope!