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Jill Kelley's sister speaks out for first time

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The sister of a Tampa woman embroiled in the Gen. David Petraeus scandal spoke out for the first time Tuesday, but did not say much in her brief appearance.

With a sick look on her face, Natalie Khawam took to the microphone in Washington, DC to read a prepared statement about how close she is to Jill Kelley.

"My sister Jill and I aren't just twins; we're best friends. Literally inseparable. During my darkest times, Jill held the light for me," she told reporters as famed attorney Gloria Allred stood by her side.

It was a complaint to the FBI by Jill Kelley that ultimately led investigators to stumble into an affair between Gen. Petraeus, who was the CIA director at the time, and his biographer. Petraeus has since resigned but the scandal has since snared a second top general and thrust Kelley and her sister Natalie into the media spotlight.

Jill Kelley in particular has been the focus of the attention, becoming a national punchline for shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show as questions swirled around her access to MacDill Air Force Base and the staff there.

Kelley has not spoken publicly, apparently choosing to remain holed up in her Bayshore home while complaining privately about the media presence to police and even to the mayor.

Khawam, herself an attorney, said she retained Allred for guidance during the scandal. She shed a few tears during the 90-second statement and hinted that there would be more to come later.

"I look forward to the day when I am able to answer everyone's questions and explain what really happened in this matter," she said.

Citing "pending investigations," Allred said Khawam would not be available for follow-up questions or other statements.

Allred, for her part, did not have many more answers, usually replying, "I don't have information on that" or "I'm not commenting on that" to many of the questions asked by reporters. She focused instead on the status of Khawam's battle for custody of her 4-year-old son -- a battle in which Petraeus and Gen. John Allen intervened via letters on her behalf.

"Natalie feels that they stood up for the truth as they knew it in her custody case and she is deeply appreciative that the Petraeus family has continued to love and to support her and her son during the hardest times," she said.

Last year, Kwaham's ex-husband Grayson Wolfe won sole legal and full custody of their 4-year-old son. He is a Washington D.C. lawyer and venture capitalist who once worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.


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