|Born||Jessica Louise Cutler
May 18, 1978
Jessica Louise Cutler (born May 18, 1978, in Monterey, California) is a blogger, an author, and former congressional staff assistant who was fired for detailing her active sexual life, including receiving money for having sex, in her blog.
In 2004 while a staff assistant for Senator Michael DeWine, Cutler published a short-lived blog called Washingtonienne describing her life in Washington, D.C. which included graphic details of her sex life.
Cutler justified receiving money from her lovers by saying "I'm sure I am not the only one who makes money on the side this way: How can anybody live on $25K/year??"
On May 21, 2004, Cutler was fired for "unacceptable use of Senate computers" by Senator DeWine. Media treatment of Cutler was harsh, the Philadelphia Daily News going so far as to label her a "DC slut". Cutler, though, has been relatively accepting of her notoriety:
Public embarrassment is really very liberating. You really stop caring about what people think, which is something only the elderly seem to able to accomplish with great aplomb. So I am way ahead of everybody. And those of you behind me can kiss my ass."
In summer 2004, Playboy.com featured an interview and nude pictures of Cutler.
She wrote a novel based on her experiences and blog: The Washingtonienne: A Novel, selling it for a reported $300,000. A reviewer for the Washington Post wrote, ""The Washingtonienne" gives hints of being lively, funny and agreeably in-your-face." Judy Bachrach of the Weekly Standard wrote, "This is a novel of uncommon candor, humor, and perspicacity, and I loved every page of it."
In June 2005, Robert Steinbuch, who says that he is the person Cutler referred to as "RS" on her blog, filed a lawsuit against her, seeking over $75,000 in damages. Steinbuch's complaint and related filings, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., describe the case as for "defamation," "false light," "invasion of privacy for public revelation of private facts," the "intentional infliction of emotional distress," and "other causes of action." She is represented by Atlanta lawyer, Matthew C. Billips, and D.C. lawyer, John R. Ates. At the time she filed for bankruptcy, staying the case in the DC District Court, a motion to dismiss—as a sanction against Steinbuch for refusing to comply with Court Ordered discovery—was still pending.
Steinbuch also filed a $20 million suit against her in Arkansas, where he lives and is a law professor. The lawsuit is being eyed closely by privacy groups because it could establish if bloggers are obligated to protect the privacy of those they name in their online public blogs. On May 30, 2007, Cutler filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to protect herself from potential debts. Listed among potential creditors were some of her former attorneys, as well as Steinbuch. The same article reported that cable television channel HBO and entertainment company Disney, who Steinbuch also sued, are working on a TV series about her story. The Arkansas case had been dismissed for forum non-conveniens by the district court. However, the United States Court of Appeals reversed the district judge in Arkansas, holding that he abused his discretion and ruled incorrectly. Eventually, after the case was sent back to the district judge in Arkansas, the district judge transferred the case to another judge.
According to the New York Law Journal, Steinbuch was ordered to reimburse discovery expenses regarding a deposition to Cutler's attorney Billips in June 2009. Billips has filed an affidavit requesting over $14,000 in fees and expenses.
Connection to Eliot Spitzer scandal
After the Spitzer story broke, the Post published an article alleging that Cutler was "among the inner circle of a Manhattan call-girl ring that counted Eliot Spitzer as a client...," and that she "...appeared as a "model" on alleged madam Kristin "Billie" Davis' Web site."
[I]n two days of conversations with The Post, [Cutler] owned up to partying with Davis and even to living for a time in her posh apartment at 235 E. 40th St.
"They are going to want to see me for questioning," she said, referring to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
Cutler was being sought by the NYPD, along with other women connected to the ring, law-enforcement sources said.
No charges were ever brought against Cutler.
She gave birth in August 2009 to a daughter, Jessica-Louise.
- The Washingtonienne: A Novel. Hyperion Books (2005). Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-4013-0200-9, ISBN 978-1-4013-0847-6.
- Sexe au Capitole. Plon (2006). ISBN 978-2-259-20172-8.
- "The Hill's Sex Diarist Reveals All (Well, Some)". The Washington Post. May 24, 2004. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- Witt, April (August 15, 2004). "Blog Interrupted". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 25, 2007.
- "Pass notes". The Guardian (London). June 2, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Cutler, Jessica (June 2, 2004). "Senator sacked me over tales of congress". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-06.
- "Hill Aide Sues Over Sex Blog". The Smoking Gun. May 17, 2005. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- McClurg, Andrew J. (August 14, 2005). "Online Lessons on Unprotected Sex". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- "Steamy D.C. Sex Blog Scandal Heads to Court". The Associated Press, MSNBC. December 27, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2005cv00970/114962/69/ STEINBUCH v. CUTLER – Document 69
- Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (July 10, 2006). "We Love You. Now Get Out of Here.". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- Apuzzo, Matt (June 1, 2007). "Sex Blogger Files for Bankruptcy". Associated Press. Retrieved June 1, 2007.
- Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (February 7, 2007). "Miss America, With Poise to Spare in Wonkland Central". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2007.
- "'MADAM' LINK TO DC VIXEN: PROBERS SEEK SENATE SCANDAL GAL", by JEANE MacINTOSH and CHUCK BENNETT, March 28, 2008, New York Post
- Jessica Cutler a Mom!
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- New York Times book review
- Weekly Standard book review
- Washington Post book review
- Playboy.com interview, August 2004 (dead link)
- The Smoking Gun transcript of Steinbuch's case against Cutler