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15 Years After Chandra Levy's Murder, Gary Condit Speaks

Continues to insist he didn't have affair with Levy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 3:49 PM CDT
15 Years After Chandra Levy's Murder, Gary Condit Speaks Out
Photos of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians, right, stand by at a memorial service for Levy in this Tuesday, May 28, 2002 file photo taken at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Debbie Noda, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Former congressman Gary Condit is speaking out publicly for the first time in 15 years over Chandra Levy's murder in 2001. Levy was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in DC when she vanished while jogging, and her remains were found in a park. Investigators at the time say Condit admitted that he'd had an affair with the 24-year-old, but he has never publicly acknowledged that. Now, the 68-year-old has co-written a book about the case, Actual Malice, and in an interview about it with Dr. Phil McGraw, he insists he was not romantically involved with Levy and had nothing to do with her killing, ABC News reports. He says police tried to "frame" him. Condit's political career imploded after Levy's murder, though he was ruled out as a suspect early on in the investigation, People notes.

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"I saw her one time outside the office, at a restaurant, and she came by my condo once," Condit says. "Well, maybe twice. Yeah, I think it was twice she came by. I want to make this clear: There’s nothing unusual about someone coming by my condo, a lot of people did." Levy's mother, Susan, tells ABC that she doesn't believe he's telling the whole story. "Chandra was secretive about her relationship with Condit," she says. "Chandra shared that her 'Man,' as she called him, was high-profile and it was best to not be seen together." A review of the book at the Modesto Bee notes that it is critical of the Levy family, along with police and the media. Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted of Levy's murder in 2010, but his conviction has since been overturned. (Read more Gary Condit stories.)

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