WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former Rep. Gary Condit sued The National Enquirer and other tabloids for $38 million on Friday, alleging they falsely connected him with the 2001 murder of federal intern Chandra Levy.

The California Democrat alleges that the Enquirer, Globe and Star Magazine tabloids, along with parent company American Media Inc., maliciously published defamatory statements that Condit "was involved in deviant and perverted sexual conduct, which directly or indirectly led to the kidnapping and/or murder of Ms. Levy," according to the suit filed in Palm Beach County circuit court.