‘Revenge porn’ case has connections to Chicago anchor Rafer Weigel

A woman has been charged under Indiana’s new “revenge porn” law in connection with a love tryst allegedly involving anchor Rafer Weigel.

  • Initial police reports do not accuse Weigel of any wrongdoing — nor does the case appear to involve photos of him.
  • Instead, he appears to be the central figure in a case involving two women he was reportedly dating at the same time.
  • Kathy Browne, of Virginia, is accused of distributing an intimate image of another woman Browne allegedly obtained from Weigel.
  • Weigel was allegedly the recipient of the image, sent to an unnamed Valparaiso woman.
  • Both women were dating Weigel, according to police — as well as a third.
  • Browne’s attorney told The Times of Northwest Indiana that he believes his client has been improperly charged under the law, explaining that his client says she sent them to the Valparaiso woman as proof that Browne had them.
  • Browne was previously married and was also previously engaged to Browne.
  • Weigel anchors the morning newscast for Chicago’s Fox 32 News on WFLD.
  • Weigel made the jump back to news after anchoring sports at starting in 2011.
  • In 2014, he returned to news at KTVI in St. Louis — returning to Chicago and Fox 32 in 2017.
  • He is the son of the late Chicago media legend Tim Weigel. His grandfather, John Jacob Weigel, founded Weigel Broadcasting.
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