Husband Outed Ensign Affair to Fox News
Hampton's lawyer made 'exorbitant demands': senator
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2009 1:55 PM CDT
Doug Hampton.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The husband of John Ensign’s mistress sent a letter detailing the affair to Fox News just days before the senator’s public admission, the Las Vegas Sun reports. A spokesman said Ensign acknowledged the affair because Doug Hampton had approached “a major television news channel.” The senator's office cranked up the dispute this afternoon, releasing a statement that reads in part: "Doug Hampton's legal counsel made exorbitant demands for cash and other financial benefits on behalf of his client."

Hampton’s letter to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly describes “heinous conduct” and claims he was fired because of the affair. Hampton says one of several “confrontations” with Ensign included the Washington elite. “One of the attendees was Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma,” he writes. Coburn’s office and all others involved declined to comment.