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Upcoming Film of Katie Hill is the Subject of Online Criticism

An upcoming film adaptation of the memoir of former California Rep. Katie Hill was the subject of online criticism on Wednesday morning from anonymous “Katie’s former staff” members posting from her old Twitter account in Congress. The posters reacted to the news that actress Elisabeth Moss would be playing Hill in a streaming film based on Hill ‘s novel, “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality” in the series of messages supposedly written by Hill ‘s former House aides.

Upcoming Film of Katie Hill is the Subject of Online Criticism
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“Disappointed with today’s announcement by so many people, including Elizabeth Moss, @Blumhouse, & @michaelseitzman,” the posters tweeted early Wednesday, referring to writer Michael Seitzman and producer Jason Blum, who are reportedly developing the Moss project.

In a 10-part Twitter thread, the posters went on to write that Hill’s tale “is also one of abuse and harassment in the workplace.” Hill “can be both a victim and a perpetrator,” they argued, suggesting that she “is not a female hero.”

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The posters wrote, “Katie Hill has never been investigated by the House Ethics Committee, nor has she been held responsible by anyone other than herself.” “Before taking her word at face value, we encourage everyone to reflect deeply.”

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Hill, a Democrat elected to serve the 25th Congressional District of California in 2018, resigned last October in the wake of reports of improper sexual interactions with her office and congressional campaign workers.

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Hill was under investigation by the House ethics commission at the time of her resignation over claims of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a male Congressional staffer. She denied the allegation, but admitted to a “inappropriate” relationship with a female employee of the campaign.

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In the midst of the controversy, which she blamed on a “abusive” husband she was divorcing at the time, multiple nude photographs of Hill were released by conservative media outlets.

The anonymous posters wrote in their messages Wednesday that Hill “took advantage of her subordinates” and “caused immense harm to the people who worked for her, many of whom were young women just starting their political careers.”

The posters said, “Believe us when we say: it is not only about who starts it, it is also about who ends it.” “And while Katie is definitely the abuse survivor, we are not confident that she has acted sufficiently to put an end to her own patterns of inappropriate and abusive conduct.”

In a tweet sent from her personal account less than an hour later, Hill answered the messages, arguing that her old government account had been hacked.

“When I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions, control of my account was immediately handed back to the House Clerk,” she wrote. “God knows from there who hacked it. Posted to @twitter.

Hill decried the “double standard” put on women in politics in a farewell speech delivered from the House floor. She insisted she would “refuse to let other women who dare to take risks, who dare to step into this light, who dare to be strong, be frightened by this experience.”
In the special election for Hill’s seat in May, Republican Mike Garcia prevailed, beating Democrat Christy Smith in a closely watched race for the Southern California suburban congressional district.
Hill, whose book was published in August, announced Tuesday night on Twitter the news of its upcoming adaptation, writing that she was “so honored to be played by the iconic Elisabeth Moss, and thrilled to work with this amazing team.” Hill is attached to the project’s executive production.

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