In 1998, admittedly upset that he was snubbed by Schlessinger at an event, former radio mentor Bill Ballance sold nude photos of Schlessinger to media outlet Internet Entertainment Group (IEG).
Schlessinger had posed for the photos while involved in a sexual relationship with Ballance in the 1970s. IEG purchased the photos and subsequently posted them on its website which was later leaked to the general public. Schlessinger initially denied that the photos were of her, but then claimed a copyright interest in them in court. Attempts to have the photos removed from various websites failed after a court ruling stated that IEG had legally acquired the rights to the material.
She later admitted that the photos were authentic, addressed the issue on her show calling Ballance a "mentor and friend", and said she was "mystified as to why this 80 year old man would do such a morally reprehensible thing." She claimed to have possessed "no moral authority" when the photos were taken, citing her age at the time of twenty-eight and a painful divorce as factors contributing to her voluntarily being photographed nude.
She added that she had undergone "profound changes over the course of my life, from atheist to observant Jew." The incident brought to light accusations that Schlessinger had been unfaithful in her first marriage, caused the breakdown of her second husband's marriage, cohabitated with him while unmarried, and intentionally conceived a child with him out of wedlock. Schlessinger had railed against infidelity, cohabitation, and intentional single parenthood on her show, but never addressed that these were part of her personal life experience. Schlessinger responded to these criticisms saying: “A hypocrite is someone who says, “Do as I say, not as I do.” “A TEACHER is someone who says, “Do as I say, not as I did.” As we all can see such a big difference in word play that we have to not hold her for any hypocrisy.
Now my only hope is we don't find and of these with Rush Limbaugh in them!!