Not even a libel suit can stop the infamous Washingtonienne blogger from stirring up scandal in Washington, D.C. Recently, the defamation case against Jessica Cutler took an unexpected turn when her lawyer withdrew from the case amid allegations that he was one of the subjects of her sexually explicit blog.
Until April 3, William Bode, a name partner at D.C.'s Bode & Grenier, had been representing the former Senate aide, who gained notoriety blogging about her sexual escapades. Cutler is being sued in D.C.'s federal court by former Senate staffer Robert Steinbuch, one of the men she allegedly wrote about. Bode withdrew from the case just three days after Jonathan Rosen, Steinbuch's lawyer, accused him of engaging in a sexual relationship with Cutler that was detailed on her blog. Bode denies the claim, which was first reported on the blog Wonkette, insisting he withdrew as Cutler's counsel because he is too busy with other cases.
In court papers filed on March 31, one day after Bode began representing Cutler, Rosen argued Bode should be disqualified because he is the man Cutler referred to in her blog as "W," a "sugar daddy" with a penchant for kinky sex who gave her large sums of money. "'W' is a middle-aged, lead attorney in a small Washington, DC, law firm, named William, who lives in Georgetown," Rosen wrote, quoting Cutler's blog. He added, "The eponymous William H. Bode possesses each of the unique and distinguishing characteristics."
The motion also stated that Rosen plans to call Bode as a witness.
For his part, Bode maintains he is not the lawyer Cutler wrote about in her blog: "She will tell them I am not Mr. W," Bode told Legal Times. Rosen, a lawyer from Clearwater, Fla., did not return a call seeking comment.