(NBC News) Tim Stelloh Oct. 28 2019 5:58 AM Freshman Rep. Katie Hill is resigning amid an ethics investigation over an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a staffer. In a letter posted on Twitter the Southern California Democrat attributed the resignation to an abusive estranged husband and hateful political operatives who she said were driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation. Her resignation was first reported by Politico. The House Ethics Committee investigation of Hill came amid unconfirmed allegations about her personal life reported by conservative site Red State which along with the Daily Mail published nude photos of the congresswoman without her consent. Hill who was elected last year described the images as an illegal and appalling invasion of privacy that had been weaponized against her. We are currently pursuing all of our available legal options she said. However I know that as long as I am in Congress well live fearful of what might come next. She added that she could no longer allow friends and supporters to suffer this unprecedented brand of cruelty. Hills estranged husband Kenny Heslep couldnt immediately be reached for comment.