D.C. Sex Blogger Files for Bankruptcy

WASHINGTON - Jessica Cutler, the former Senate aide whose online sex diary landed her a book deal and a Playboy photo spread but got her kicked out of Capitol Hill, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York. Filed May 30, the claim states Cutler can’t pay her credit card bills, legal fees, and student loans.

Cutler, a former aide to then-Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, came to notoriety after she created the "Washingtonienne" blog in 2004 and began posting racy details about her sex life with six men, including a Senate colleague and "a few generous older gentlemen" who she said paid many of her living expenses.

When the blog was discovered, Cutler was fired. She moved to New York, wrote a novel based on the scandal, posed naked, and started a new website that describes her as "a published author who jumps out of cakes for money."

Under the occupation heading of her website, it reads, "I’m freelancing."

Cutler has spent much of her time fending off a lawsuit by ex-boyfriend and fellow DeWine staffer Robert Steinbuch, who claims Cutler’s blog publicly humiliated him. He is seeking more than $20 million in damages.

The lawsuit is being closely watched by online privacy groups and bloggers, because the case could help establish whether people who keep online diaries are obligated to protect the privacy of the people with whom they interact offline.

Cutler’s bankruptcy filing further clouds the fate of a lawsuit already mired in contentious pretrial arguments. A federal judge has encouraged both sides to cooperate and perhaps even settle the case, but both sides are demanding personal information from the other and Steinbuch says he doesn’t want to give a videotaped deposition for fear Cutler will put it in on the Internet.

Steinbuch’s attorney and Cutler could not be reached for comment.