Kerry Washington is killing it each week, playing Olivia Pope, a D.C. communications expert/”fixer” on the hit show Scandal. The woman that Olivia is based on, Judy Smith, is a real life fixer, and she’s got quite the scandal on her hands.
Ad Age reports that Jill Kelley, the Tampa-based woman who sparked the FBI investigation that led to discovery General David Petraeus’ extramarital affair, has hired Smith’s firm, Smith & Co, for PR help. She’s already on the job, releasing the following statement on Kelley’s behalf.
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.
On Friday, General Petraeus, the now-former director of the CIA, stepped down from his post after it was revealed that he had been having an affair with his biographer and former military member, Paula Broadwell. On Sunday, it was further revealed that what sparked the adulterous discovery was a report to the FBI from Kelley, who says she received “threatening emails” from Broadwell. The comment comes in the wake of suspicions that Kelley was also vying for Petraeus’ affections. Kelley is married with children.
“The e-mails related to Ms. Kelley’s relationship with Ms. Broadwell, according to government officials,” The New York Times writes. “Shortly after the F.B.I. began its investigation, its agents discovered that there had been e-mails between Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell that revealed they were having an affair.”
Kelley works for Central Command, which is located in Tampa. The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an investigation into why the White House and Congress weren’t alerted about the affair sooner, Ad Age continues. Kelley lodged her complaint last summer.
Smith is the co-executive producer of Scandal and has experience working with high-profile situations including the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Gulf War, and the Supreme Court’s confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas. You can visit her website here.
In the latest news about the investigation, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters that “a matter involving” another high-ranking military official, Gen. John R. Allen, the American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has been brought to the Pentagon.