Professor regrets any pain caused Holly Petraeus by calling her less attractive than husband’s young mistress

A professor said he regrets causing pain to Holly Petraeus by describing her in an academic study as less attractive than her husband’s younger mistress.

The professor, Jukka Savolainen of Wayne State University in Michigan, is one of five academics who used the 2012 David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell sex scandal to examine attitudes toward infidelity. The project found that men were more likely to understand Petraeus’s infidelity when they saw photos contrasting wife Holly with the “more attractive mistress,” Broadwell.

Savolainen, a criminology professor, told the Washington Examiner he did not mean to insult Holly Petraeus, 67.

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