Jill Kelley’s twin avoids Petraeus talk at Gloria Allred press conference

Rachel Rose Hartman

Jill Kelley's twin, Natalie Khawam, and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred barely mentioned the David Petraeus scandal at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, instead attempting to shift dialogue to Khawam's custody battle and women's rights.

"Like many single moms in this country ... Natalie was forced to fight for custody of her child," Allred said after lauding her client's character and educational background. Much to the dismay of reporters onsite posing questions and those tuning in to the event, Khawam spoke only to confirm her love and support for her sister, the Florida socialite at the center of the Petraeus scandal.

She is the "kindest, most generous person I know," Khawam said of Kelley, the woman who allegedly received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the mistress of Petraeus, former head of the CIA.

Allred did confirm Khawam had visited the White House "essentially for a tour" and knew Petraeus socially after events at which both their families were present. Allred confirmed that Petraeus and his wife, Holly, wrote letters of support for Khawam during her custody battle over her son. Allred said Khawam will be "forever grateful to both of them for not abandoning her when she needed them the most."

As Kelley's story has unfolded in the press, reports of affidavits filed by Petraeus, his wife, and Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, on Khawam's behalf emerged in the news. Some reports said Khawam was described in court documents as financially and emotionally troubled and having made "dramatic" claims of abuse.

Allred declined to provide details about the case and directed reporters to read court documents.