Susanna Gibson broke her silence on the pornographic videos she made with her husband online in an interview with Politico published Saturday.
Gibson, who unsuccessfully ran for Virginia’s House of Delegates, uploaded the videos on the website Chaturbate, but described reports on the publicly available archived videos as “leak” and a deliberate attack on her campaign and reputation. She admitted she felt embarrassed when The Washington Post published a story about her participation in livestreamed sex acts with her husband for money in the form of “tips,” per Politico. (RELATED: ‘Won’t Lose Next Time’: Failed Dem Candidate Who Streamed Sex Acts For Money Says She Might Run For Office Again)
“When you find out that there are sexually explicit videos of you online — it is a feeling that I would not wish on my worst enemy,” the mother of two told Politico. “My entire life was rocked on Sept. 11, when the article ran, implying that I performed sex acts online with my husband for money. It was really written based on this Dropbox file that self-described Republican operatives shopped around.”
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Despite more than a dozen of her videos reportedly being archived on the site in September 2022, Gibson insists they were private acts between consenting adults and not relevant to her political aspirations. She also claims that her sexual content bears no relevance to one’s professional capabilities or political qualifications.
“I think if I wasn’t a candidate, the Post probably would have been appalled at the invasion of my privacy. But because I was a candidate, they decided that it was a political story, rather than an invasion of my privacy and potentially a crime,” she said to Politico.
Gibson lost to her Republican opponent by fewer than 1,000 votes. She is now seeking the services of an attorney specializing in sex crimes and has filed complaints with local police and the FBI, believing the distribution of the videos falls under Virginia’s “revenge porn” law.
“I want the person who found and then disseminated illegal pornographic images of me — again, violating federal and state laws — they need to be held accountable,” Gibson told Politico. “It’s going to be a long process.”