TAMPA, Fla. -- A Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job fought back Tuesday, after more than two weeks of silence, as her attorneys released emails, phone recordings and other material that they say show that she never tried to exploit her friendship with Mr. Petraeus.
Jill Kelley, through her attorneys, went on the attack against a New York businessman who accused her of incompetence in her work trying to set up a deal he was negotiating with South Korean firms; an attorney who accused her of name-dropping and of being a social climber; and the FBI agent who first leaked her name in connection with the Petraeus scandal.
Ms. Kelley, 37, became the focus of national media attention earlier this month after it was revealed that she was the recipient of anonymous emails from Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus' biographer and mistress.
Ms. Broadwell allegedly told Ms. Kelley that she should stay away from the former general and Gen. John Allen, who had replaced Mr. Petraeus as leader of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Mr. Petraeus and Gen. Allen had become friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband, Scott, a noted cancer surgeon, when the generals served at U.S. Central Command, which is headquartered at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. Ms. Kelley became an unofficial social ambassador for the base, hosting numerous parties for the officers.
The scandal this week cost Ms. Kelley her appointment as an honorary consul for the South Korean government, which she had received because of her friendship with Mr. Petraeus. The Koreans said she had misused the title in her personal business dealings.
Ms. Kelley's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to New York businessman Adam Victor; a complaint to the Florida bar against Tampa attorney Barry Cohen; and a letter to the U.S. Attorney's Office demanding that it investigate to learn who in the FBI leaked her name to news media. Representatives of attorney Abbe Lowell emailed copies of the letters to The Associated Press.
In one letter, Mr. Lowell asks W. Stephen Muldrow, assistant U.S. Attorney in Tampa, why Jill and Scott Kelley's names were released in the course of the FBI investigation of Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell. Mr. Lowell said federal privacy laws could be applicable to the couple's information. "As you know, there are several rules and laws that seek to protect United States citizens against such leaks," he wrote.
He also wanted to know whether the U.S. Attorney's Office was investigating the source of the leaks. "You no doubt have seen the tremendous attention that the Kelleys have received in the media," wrote Mr. Lowell. "All they did to receive this attention was to let law enforcement know that they had been the subjects of inappropriate and potentially threatening behavior by someone else."
Another letter spoke of a business deal that Ms. Kelley tried to broker with South Korea. She met Mr. Victor in late August at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where they discussed having Ms. Kelley represent Mr. Victor's company on a coal-gasification deal being negotiated with South Korean companies.
On Aug. 30, according to the documents provided by Mr. Lowell's office, Mr. Victor sent Ms. Kelley an email saying his company was seeking bids from four major Korean firms -- Samsung, Hyundai, GS and GK -- and that he expected the bidding to potentially reach $3 billion.
There are several back-and-forth emails through mid-September as Mr. Victor and Ms. Kelley tried to negotiate a fee for her work, with Ms. Kelley saying she was seeking 2 percent of the deal and Mr. Victor trying to clarify what she meant.
In a Nov. 14 interview, Mr. Victor said it had become clear that Ms. Kelley was not a skilled negotiator, and that he had wasted his time dealing with her.
In a letter released Tuesday and dated Nov. 21, Mr. Lowell accused Mr. Victor of seeking his "15 minutes of fame" by talking to the news media about his client. Mr. Lowell said Mr. Victor had defamed Ms. Kelley with his clients and misstated her desire for 2 percent of the profits by saying she wanted 2 percent of the entire deal. Mr. Lowell also accused Mr. Victor of unspecified inappropriate behavior toward Ms. Kelley.
He accused Mr. Victor of casting Ms. Kelley in a false light and suggested that his attorney contact Mr. Lowell to discuss the matter.
In a late Tuesday interview, Mr. Victor said he never accused Ms. Kelley of wrongdoing, only that she was naive and an inexperienced negotiator. He also said his female assistant was present every time he met with Ms. Kelley.
The third letter was sent from Ms. Kelley's attorney Tuesday to the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program, which handles complaints about lawyers on behalf of the Florida Bar. In that letter, Mr. Lowell accused Mr. Cohen of breaking attorney-client privilege by publicly speaking about conversations he had with Ms. Kelley in 2009 while representing her in a dispute she had with a tenant.
Mr. Cohen said Tuesday that he had not seen Mr. Lowell's complaint letter,.