Virginia Democrat Faces Controversy Over Explicit Online Videos

A Democratic candidate running for the House of Delegates in Virginia has come under fire for her involvement in explicit online videos with her husband. The scandal has raised eyebrows and prompted allegations of misconduct from her political opponents.

Susanna Gibson, a 40-year-old nurse practitioner and mother of two, is running for the House of Delegates in the 57th district, located in suburban Richmond. Recent reports suggest that she used a platform called Chaturbate to live-stream intimate moments with her husband, leaving many deeply concerned about the values and judgment of her candidacy.

The controversy centers around the discovery that Gibson posted more than a dozen such videos in September 2022, a timeframe that coincides with her official entry into the race. The Washington Post broke the story, revealing that the most recent videos were archived on Sept. 30, 2022. 

While the videos are no longer accessible on Recurbate after being reported by a GOP operative, two videos reportedly remained live on another non-password-protected site.

One of the most troubling aspects of the situation is Gibson’s alleged solicitation of tips from viewers, which is a clear violation of Chaturbate’s terms and conditions. In the videos posted, she could be seen encouraging viewers to send her “tip” money and even offered to perform explicit acts in a “private room” if viewers paid her more “tokens.” 

Gibson’s response to the scandal has been defiant. She labeled the incident as an “illegal invasion of my privacy designed to humiliate me and my family” and accused her political opponents of resorting to extreme measures to silence her.

“My political opponents and their Republican allies have proven they’re willing to commit a sex crime to attack me and my family because there’s no line they won’t cross to silence women when they speak up,” she stated.

Her attorney, Daniel P. Watkins, has weighed in on the situation, suggesting that the distribution of these videos could potentially violate the state’s revenge porn law, a Class 1 misdemeanor. According to him, law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels are now involved in investigating the matter.

Despite the allegations, she remains determined to continue her political campaign as the election is scheduled for Nov. 7. She will be facing GOP opponent David Owen, a former home builder, as part of Democrats’ bid to regain the majority in the 100-member Virginia House.