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A sex tape and nude photos of the Virgin Islands’ delegate to Congress and her husband were posted online briefly by hackers before they were removed.
Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett, 52, said that it is a ‘shockingly disgusting’ invasion of her privacy for the sex tape and nude images, including a topless photo, were stolen and leaked on the Internet.
The sex tape, which showed her husband Jonathan Buckney-Small naked and wearing make-up, was online Wednesday night before it was taken down, according to Politico.
In a statement released Thursday, Plaskett, who is lawyer, said her office is working with the FBI to investigate the incident, which she called a violation of both territorial and federal law.
‘Private photographs shared between my husband and me, as well as a private playful video of our family, including one of our children, were illegally obtained and disseminated via the internet,’ Plaskett said in a statement.
‘To say my family and I are greatly upset would be a tremendous understatement.
‘As a mother I am outraged that one of my children was exploited in such a way.
This incident shows that there are some people who will go to any length to degrade a woman who refuses to play their games and will try to besmirch my good name by any means necessary.’
The freshman lawmaker suspects that she is the victim of someone playing a dirty political trick, as the Virgin Islands will hold a primary election in two weeks in which she is running for re-election.
Gordon Ackley, a Republican who is running for delegate denounced the lawmaker’s behavior.
‘It is deeply unfortunate when those entrusted to serve our community engage in a manner that poorly reflects up on the Virgin Islands,’ Ackley said in a statement.
I have always tried to conduct myself in an honorable manner and to provide a positive influence for the next generation of Virgin Islanders.’
Plaskett, who won her seat in 2014, said the posting of the images online ‘marks a new low in Virgin Islands politics.’
Plaskett has previously served in the Justice Department and Bronx district attorney’s office.
She was born in Brooklyn, but her parents are from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.
Since she is a delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands’ at-large congressional district, she has no vote, but can participate in debates.
There are currently six non-voting delegates serving two-year terms in Congress representing Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, America Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Though they can not formally vote in the House, a non-voting member can vote as a member of a House committee and introduce legislation.
In addition, the position of a non-voting member is only for the House and not the Senate.