Susanna Gibson, Democratic candidate for District 57 for the Virginia House of Representatives (United States), is in the middle of a scandal after the discovery of streaming videos of sexual acts with her husband, accompanied by ask for the “advice” of your virtual audience. This controversial episode shook the foundation of his campaign, as Gibson struggled to stay in the race.
Gibson, a 40-year-old mother of two young children and nurse practitioner, is seeking to represent District 57 in Richmond. However, His foray into the adult streaming platform Chaturbate has generated unwanted attention.
The revelations are based on screenshots of archived content, reviewed by The New York Post, which featured Gibson involved in more than a dozen live performances alongside her husband. These videos, originally broadcast on Chaturbate, announced publicly on the Recurbate website in September 2022 shortly after Gibson announced his candidacy, as reported by The Washington Post.
What causes the most controversy is a constant request for “tokens” from your virtual audience in exchange for doing some work in “private” presentations. Gibson justified his actions, saying he was “raising money for a good cause.” In addition, in other videos, he explained that she and her husband “tried to exchange” with other couples because of their “ethically non-monogamous” status although her husband apparently did not like this.
These practices raise concerns about Chaturbate’s compliance with the rules, as the platform clearly states that “Requesting or asking for certain actions to earn tips may result in a ban of the Platform for all parties involved”.
In response to the accusations, Gibson issued a statement to the Washington Post in which Criticized the release of the videos as “an illegal invasion of my privacy designed to embarrass me and my family”. He added that he will not be intimidated or silenced by his political opponents and Republican allies, who, he said, are ready. who resort to extreme tactics to silence women when they express their opinions.
Gibson’s attorney, Daniel P. Watkins, noted that archived videos may violate Virginia’s revenge pornography law, which makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to “maliciously” distribute sexual or nude images of another person with the “intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate.” Watkins also cited a recent decision from the Virginia Court of Appeals that supports this interpretation.
In response to the accusations, Gibson and his team work closely with state and federal authorities. However, his campaign has yet to comment on the incident.
Gibson will face Republican David Owen, a former homebuilder, in Nov. 7 local elections. Democrats are looking to regain their majority in the Virginia House of Delegates, which Republicans currently control by a narrow margin of three delegates, 49 to 46. Meanwhile, Democrats lead the state Senate in 22 to 18.
Despite the scandal, Gibson managed to raise $376,895 during his campaign, compared to $339,621 raised by Owen’s campaign, according to the campaign finance website Virginia Public Access Project. However, the available cash balance is only $77,435, after a tight race in the Democratic primary in June.
For his part, Owen kept $166,179 in his fund after facing no opposition in the primary. The question that remains is whether the scandal will affect Gibson’s electoral support and his ability to stay in the race amid mounting pressure and controversy.