Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and her twin sister Natalie Khawam were intent on landing rich men and had their eyes on the Steinbrenners

2/5/13, “Jill Kelley and her twin sister Natalie Khawam ‘were intent on landing a rich man and had their eyes on the Steinbrenners’,” UK Daily Mail, Lydia Warren

“Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who became embroiled in the David Petraeus cheating scandal last year, and her twin sister were always intent on landing themselves rich men, a relative has revealed. The sisters, who were born to Lebanese immigrants and gained reputations as shrewd socialites, even had their eyes on New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and his brother Hank, he added.

Kelley and Natalie Khawam were thrust into the spotlight last November when CIA boss David Petraeus, 60, was found to have had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, 40.

It emerged that their affair was exposed when Broadwell, who threw parties for military staff in Tampa, sent Kelley threatening emails, warning her to ‘back off’ Petraeus. Kelley alerted the FBI.
Throughout the scandal, the sisters were portrayed as determined social climbers who elbowed their way into official events and counted the military’s top brass and city officials among their friends.

And now their cousin, Tony Khawam, has revealed the extent of their determination, saying they always aimed to snag rich men.

‘They made up their minds they were going to use men to get money, and they discussed this quite openly in front of the family,’ Khawam told Town & Country magazine. He added that the sisters, who witnessed their parents struggling financially as they grew up in Pennsylvania, even expressed interest in the Steinbrenners. 

‘They’d take trips on the Steinbrenners’ plane and brag about how they would split Hal up from his then-wife, Christina [Lavery], and then the plane would be theirs,’ he said.

Kelley had met the Steinbrenners as their children attended the same pre-school. At this time, Kelley was married, while Khawam was divorced from the father of her son.

It became so extreme in his opinion, that he warned the Steinbrenners’ security team.

Other Tampa residents have also detailed the women’s desire to rise to the top by throwing lavish parties at their mansion – unaware Kelley and her surgeon husband, Scott, were swamped in debts.”…via Lucianne

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