Where are they now? The sirens of political sex scandals [SLIDESHOW]

The women involved in political sex scandals all have at least one thing in common.

While some (actually, most) write tell-alls and milk it for all it’s worth, others lay low and stay out of the spotlight. But none can escape infamy — even decades later.

From Donna Rice to Paula Broadwell, see what these women at the center of some of the most salacious sex scandals are up to now.

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  • Paula Broadwell was just your average West Point and Harvard graduate until she went and had an affair with the director of the CIA, Gen. David Petraeus. Paula met Petraeus when she was a student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then wrote her doctoral dissertation about him. She then spent about a year with him in 2011 to do research for her book, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." The two spent many long nights together, talking and doing some other stuff. Paula did not like the fact that Petraeus was friendly with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, whose husband is in the military. Paula sent Jill some really scary and threatening emails, so Jill turned them over to the FBI. The FBI told the White House, and that was the end of CIA Director Petraeus. Last December, cyberstalking charges against Paula were dropped, and she hasn't been seen in public since. (Photo by ISAF via Getty Images)
  • Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford disappeared for six days in 2009. The disappearance of a governor was rightfully a national news story for that entire week, since his wife and security detail had no idea where he was. He returned and said that -- not to worry -- he wasn't kidnapped or anything, he was just hiking the Appalachian Trail by himself. A few days later, he admitted that he was actually visiting his "soul mate, Argentine journalist Maria Belén Chapur after a reporter confronted him deplaning a flight from Argentina. South Carolina representatives held hearings to impeach him, but decided not to because his term would expire in January 2011. He and his wife divorced that year and last August, he and Chapur became engaged. Sanford is now a U.S. congressman. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Rielle Hunter is one of the most famous political mistresses and also one of the worst. Rielle was a documentary filmmaker who met John Edwards at a hotel in New York City in 2006 and spent the night with him the very same night. (He was married to a woman with cancer.) Edwards then hired Rielle to work as a videographer on his campaign. By 2007, the National Enquirer broke the story that the then-presidential candidate had a love child, which turned out to be true and ended his political career. He split from his wife, Elizabeth, in early 2010. Elizabeth died that December. In 2012, Rielle wrote a book about her affair and her current life and said that she and Edwards had split up. Just last week, Rielle wrote an apology in The Huffington Post, in which she apologized for her behavior, which was a totally selfless act and not another attempt to drum up book sales. She lives with her daughter and is no longer with Edwards. (AP Photo/RMT PR Management)
  • When Jessica Cutler was an assistant for Sen. Mike DeWine back in 2004, she wrote the anonymous sex blog Washingtonienne about her sexual escapades with politicos and government officials -- sometimes for money. She blamed having to exchange sex for money on her low government salary, writing: "I'm sure I am not the only one who makes money on the side this way: How can anybody live on $25K/year??" She also wrote this about a Bush administration official: "W = a sugar daddy who wants nothing but anal. Keep trying to end it with him, but the money is too good." She was outed in 2004 by Wonkette and was, of course, fired. She rode the publicity wave for a few years and wrote a book about her time in D.C. and posed in Playboy, obviously. Jessica got married in 2008 (while wearing a pink dress) to a banker. She published a few blog posts on The Daily Beast, but hasn't been heard from publicly since 2009 as far as we can tell, because the public doesn't really care about you if you're not sleeping with politicians.
  • Let's get this one out of the way. Everyone knows who Monica Lewinsky is and what -- or, who, rather -- Monica Lewinsky did. After attempting to live a normal life in the U.S. and making a living selling handbags, Monica moved to London in 2005. She received a master's degree from the prestigious London School of Economics in 2006 and has maintained a low profile ever since. In 2009, a biographer of the Clinton affairs contacted Monica, who still says that Clinton lied under oath about their relationship. That seems to be the last time she made any comment or appearance in public. Earlier this year, a number of her possessions that made appearances during the trial were auctioned off. (Photo: JAMAL WILSON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Donna Rice was the downfall of Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart back in 1988. Hart wrote a piece for The New York Times in which he dared reporters to follow him because he was boring. The same day that the piece ran, the Miami Herald ran a photo of Donna sitting on the candidate's lap. He dropped out of the race five days later. Now, Rice is married and is the CEO of a company that crusades for anti-pornography legislation.

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