Paula Broadwell was photographed inside her brother’s historic D.C. home, despite her effort to escape media scrutiny during the Petraeus scandal. Source: AP

Paula Broadwell and her family returned to their home in the upscale neighborhood of Dilworth just outside downtown Charlotte, NC on Sunday evening.

The woman whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus forced the resignation of the CIA chief has apparently expressed regret for the scandal and requests privacy for her family, including her husband, Scott, and their two young sons. Scott Broadwell was seen leaving the couple’s home — purchased in 2009 for $795,000 — to take the children to school Monday morning.

The return home ended Broadwell’s encampment in Washington, DC, where the Petraeus biographer stayed at her brother’s historic home (above) in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood after news of the affair first broke. It was hardly a secluded hideaway for the West Point graduate, whose presence drew a media circus to the otherwise stately and sedate neighborhood just north of the Capital complex.

Broadwell was photographed eating and drinking a glass of wine inside the 4,300-square-foot home. Built in 1906, the Georgian Revival home was once owned by a prominent African-American doctor, landing it on the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail.

Broadwell’s brother bought the property in 2010 for $2 million, and it appears he had it listed for sale for $2.39 million in April 2011.

The Broadwell stakeout was not much different than what was also taking place in Tampa, FL, where another woman at the center of the Petraeus scandal lives. Jill Kelley, whose request that the FBI investigate an anonymous email led to the discovery of the affair, was also under media siege at her stately home. Reporting by the Tampa Bay Times revealed that Kelley’s home is in foreclosure proceedings.

While the end result of the email probe has so far shown no security was breached that would cause damage to the U.S. military or its operations, the fallout has been far and wide-reaching. In addition to another U.S. general, John Allen, being flagged for possible improper conduct, the case has caused a stir about the privacy of email and the necessary steps of disclosure by the FBI, especially to Congress, which was not made aware of the Petraeus probe for months.


About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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