Jill Kelley’s social climb halted by unfolding scandal

Jill Kelley leaves her home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. She's the woman whose complaints about anonymous, harassing e-mails led to the discovery of Petraeus' affair with a woman later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell. (CNN)

Jill Kelley leaves her home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. She's the woman whose complaints about anonymous, harassing e-mails led to the discovery of Petraeus' affair with a woman later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell. (CNN)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jill Kelley’s climb to the top of Tampa’s social ladder may be as spectacular as her fall from it.

Accounts of lavish parties at her bay front mansion with politicians and military generals have been replaced by reports of her family’s financial woes and other dirty laundry, and claims she used her close friendship with David Petraeus to try to further lucrative business dealings. Now, even her “Friends of MacDill” Air Force base access pass has been unceremoniously revoked.

The tangled web enveloping the daughter of Lebanese refugees, her twin sister, former CIA chief Petraeus, and Marine Gen. John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan, has spread to include questions about a cancer charity Kelley and her doctor-husband, Scott, founded.



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