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Hill Aide Sues Over Sex Blog

Man claims privacy invaded by racy "Washingtonienne" tales

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Hill Aide Sues Over Sex Blog

MAY 17--A Capitol Hill staffer whose romance with a female co-worker was detailed in the woman's racy online diary has sued the blogger for invasion of privacy. Robert Steinbuch, a staff attorney for Senator Michael DeWine, yesterday filed the below federal lawsuit against Jessica Cutler, who chronicled their brief 2004 relationship in her "Washingtonienne" blog. It seems that Steinbuch, 37, was put off by Cutler's recap of the duo's sexual activities as well as his preference for spanking (among other things). Though Cutler, pictured at right, posted under the Washingtonienne pseudonym, her identity became known when DeWine canned her for improperly using Senate computers (and while only referred to by the initials "RS" on Cutler's blog, Steinbuch's identity was an open secret). In his complaint--which does not specify a monetary damages--Steinbuch notes that, "It is one thing to be manipulated and used by a lover, it is another thing to be cruelly exposed to the world." For her part, the 26-year-old Cutler recovered quite nicely from her firing, landing a six-figure book deal and posing for Playboy. (21 pages)