After years of silence, former California congressman Gary Condit is speaking out about his involvement in the Chandra Levy murder case, reports of his affair with her — and the recent dismissal of charges against her convicted murderer, Ingmar Guandique.
In 2001, Levy was serving as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., when she disappeared during a jog. The next year, her remains were found near a trail in the capital city’s Rock Creek Park.
Condit reportedly admitted to having an affair with Levy during a 2001 police interview, but has since denied any extramarital relations with the 24-year-old, who was from his district. Authorities matched Condit to DNA evidence collected from Levy’s underwear in her apartment, but he was ruled out as a suspect early in their investigation.
“I saw her one time outside the office at a restaurant, and she came by my condo once — well, maybe twice,” Condit, now 68, tells Dr. Phil McGraw in an upcoming episode, airing Thursday, of his eponymous show. “I think it was twice.”
The former congressman adds in the clip, “I want to make this clear: There’s nothing unusual about someone coming by my condo, a lot of people did.”
He asserts that the police were responsible for the media scrutiny that followed him in the years following Levy’s death. (Condit lost his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives shortly after Levy’s body was discovered.)
“[The police] were trying to make something out of everything that they could,” Condit tells McGraw.
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Condit also says that he was on the receiving end of taunts while out in public, explaining, “As I would walk through the airport, people would walk up to me and ask, ‘Where did you hide the body?’ or yell across the room at me, ‘Murderer!’ ”
“These guys were going to set me up,” Condit says of the police in his new interview. “They were going to frame me for something. There was something going on that was beyond my control, and it was moving pretty fast.”
Guandique was facing a retrial after being convicted in 2010 of killing Levy, but prosecutors moved to dismiss murder charges in July.
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia obtained by PEOPLE said at the time, “in the interests of justice and based on recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week, the office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with the May 2001 murder of Chandra Levy.”
Levy’s mother told PEOPLE that, according to investigators, new audio evidence had surfaced indicating the government’s star witness provided false testimony during Guandique’s trial.
Gary Condit’s Dr. Phil interview airs on Thursday. Check local listings for stations and times.