Paula Broadwell allegedly threatened to make Jill Kelley “go away,” the New York Daily News reported Tuesday, in the latest twist in a sex scandal that has ensnared top U.S. national security officials.
Broadwell, the ex-mistress of retired Gen. David Petraeus — who stepped down from his post as head of the CIA over his extramarital affair with her — allegedly sent threatening emails to Kelley, a Tampa socialite who is reportedly a friend of Petraeus’s.
In one anonymous email, the Daily News reported, Broadwell pledged to Kelley that she would “make you go away.”
Kelley reported those emails to the FBI, triggering a probe that eventually led back to Broadwell, news reports have indicated.
“This wasn’t just a catfight,” a friend of Kelley’s told the Daily News. “Any normal person who got emails like that would have immediately called the police.
“This wasn’t just a case of cyber-bullying,” the friend added later, according to the story. Kelley “was scared for her life. She had reason to be. These emails are the real thing. When she read them to me, I literally had the shivers.”
“She told me she was afraid for her life. She was scared,” the friend added, according to the Daily News.
The emails also cited Broadwell’s “‘powerful’ friends,” the report said. Other news reports have said that Broadwell considered Kelley to pose a threat to her relationship with Petraeus.
Kelley has also come under scrutiny for allegedly exchanging thousands of pages of emails with Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, whose nomination to serve as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe is now pending an investigation into their communications, which have been described in some reports as flirtatious.