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Scandal: Leaked nude photo of Rep. Katie Hill shows with bong, prompts legal threat

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    It has been just under a year since the 32-year-old Democrat catapulted onto Capitol Hill, earning accolades as an openly bisexual progressive who flipped a longstanding red district and quickly rose to vice chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee. Scandal: Leaked nude photo of Rep. Katie Hill shows with bong, prompts legal threat
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California Congresswoman Katie Hill Admits to Inappropriate Relationship with Campaign Staffer.

Freshman California Congresswoman Katie Hill is starring in a ­lurid, snowballing sex scandal — a very public saga complete with leaked nude snapshots, alleged bong use and a questionable tattoo.

Most seriously, Hill is now the subject of a career-threatening House ethics investigation into allegations she bedded not one, but two of her young legislative staffers — one of them male, the other female.

It has been just under a year since the 32-year-old Democrat catapulted onto Capitol Hill, earning accolades as an openly bisexual progressive who flipped a longstanding red district and quickly rose to vice chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee.

Now at least two political rivals are calling for her resignation.

“It could have put our nation at risk due to her heightened potential to be blackmailed,” tweeted Angela Underwood Jacobs, a Republican rival for Hill’s 25th District seat in suburban LA.

“She needs to resign,” agreed another GOP rival, Mike Garcia.

The recriminations started last Friday, when the conservative blog RedState reported accusations that Hill had twice violated House rules against sex with subordinates.

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill has admitted to having an “inappropriate” relationship with a campaign staffer, according to multiple reports.

On Wednesday night, the California congresswoman reportedly sent a letter to her constituents, admitting that she had engaged in an improper relationship with a campaign aide before entering Congress, according to CNN. Her confession came just hours after the House Committee on Ethics announced it was opening an investigation into Hill over allegations that she was romantically involved with a congressional staffer.

“During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign,” Hill wrote. “I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen against my better judgement. For that I apologize.”

A spokesperson for Hill did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Last week, the conservative website RedState, published an article detailing Hill’s relationship with the female staffer — alleging that the relationship was polyamorous between Hill, who identifies as bisexual, the unidentified woman and Hill’s estranged husband, Kenny Heslep.

The site also included a nude photo of the representative. In her letter, Hill said she notified U.S. Capitol Police and that they have launched an investigation into the source of the image.