TAMPA - Jill Kelley has complained to top officials, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn about the media attention. She said her family does not want it.
Yet, her twin sister, Natalie Khawan, called a national press conference further feeding the media obsession. And the topic of discussion did not revolve around the recent scandal, but a bitter custody case Khawam lost.
The clicking of cameras drowned out any other noise as heavy hitter Gloria Allred walked her client to a lectern in Washington, D.C.
She portrayed Khawam as a woman wronged. Khawam, teary-eyed and barely able to speak, did talk about recent headlines throwing her family into the media fray.
"My sister Jill and I aren't just twins we are best friends, we are inseparable," Khawam said in a halting voice.
But it turns out the press conference did not really address why two of the most powerful men in the world, former CIA Director David Petreaus and General John Allen, wrote letters on Khawam's behalf in a bitter custody battle over her son. Khawam remained largely silent on the subject.
"I look forward to the day that I can answer everyone's questions in this matter," Khawan said.
In fact, that was the reaction to any question relating to the recent scandal.
"I cannot comment," Allred said, again and again.
Kelley's e-mails triggered the FBI's investigation into Petreaus affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.
"We have no comments on e-mails," said Allred.
Allen's s nomination to command NATO forces is on hold, as investigators examine thousands of pages of documents and e-mails between the general and Jill Kelley.
"I have no comment on General Allen at this time," said Allred.
But putting a reassuring arm around Khawam, Allred did take the opportunity to openly discuss her 37-year-old client's ugly divorce and bankruptcy, putting that issue front and center.
"Natalie is just one of the many mothers in this country who have been forced to suffer because of family court decisions," said Allred.
Despite the General's letters, a judge granted custody of her son to her husband. In court documents, the judge said he had serious concerns and reservations about her mental stability. Khawam, a lawyer herself, is appealing the decision and said she is leaning on family for support.
"Throughout my darkest times, Jill held a light for me. She and my brother in law, Dr. Kelley, took me in with my son when we needed refuge and protection. Jill is the kindest and most generous person I know," said Khawam.
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