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Who is Susanna Gibson? State House Candidate Condemns Leak of Sex Tapes

BY Anas Shah Sep 13, 2023. 05:45 pm UPDATED: Sep 13, 2023. 05:45 pm

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On Monday, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia General Assembly disputed accusations that she and her husband had performed live on a sexually graphic streaming service.

Susanna Gibson, a nurse practitioner competing in her first election, stated in a statement that the leaks about her online activities were “an illegal invasion of my privacy designed to humiliate me and my family.”

According to the Washington Post and The Associated Press, records of live-streamed sexual activities were recorded from a pornographic site and archived on another site on Monday. The substance of the videos has not been independently verified by The New York Times. The Virginia Democratic Party did not respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Gibson, 40, is running for the House of Delegates in one of only a few competitive contests that will determine control of the General Assembly. She appears on her campaign website in hospital scrubs as well as at home with her husband and two young children. Republicans have a slim majority in the House, and Democrats have a slim advantage in the State Senate, but both houses are up for grabs in November.

According to the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, Ms. Gibson’s district, which is located outside of Richmond and mostly in Henrico County, is one of seven tossup seats in the 100-member House.

The release of negative information about competing party candidates during a campaign is an age-old political practice, but the leak of sex recordings — apparently involving Ms. Gibson and her husband, a lawyer — is exceedingly unusual. Ms. Gibson described the tapes’ release as “the worst gutter politics.” According to the Post, the material was obtained via a “Republican operative” who denied any connection to Ms. Gibson’s opponent, David Owen, or any political parties in Virginia.

Daniel P. Watkins, a lawyer for Ms. Gibson, said it was unlawful in the state to record someone in a state of undress and distribute it to a third party without that person’s consent.

“It’s illegal and it’s disgusting to disseminate this kind of material, and we’re working closely with the F.B.I. and local prosecutors to bring the wrongdoers to justice,” Mr. Watkins said.

Ms. Gibson gave no indication she was considering dropping out of the race.

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“It won’t intimidate me and it won’t silence me,” she said in her statement. “My political opponents and their Republican allies have proven they’re willing to commit a sex crime to attack me and my family because there’s no line they won’t cross to silence women when they speak up.”

 

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