Gennifer Flowers

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Gennifer Flowers
Born (1950-01-24) January 24, 1950 (age 72)
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
  • political activist
Years active1986–present
Known forAffair with former President Bill Clinton
Political partyRepublican[1]

Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is an American author, singer, model, actress, former State of Arkansas employee,[2] and former TV journalist.[3][4] In January 1998, President Bill Clinton testified under oath that he had a sexual encounter with Flowers.[5]

Bill Clinton controversy[edit]

During Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential election campaign, Flowers came forward to say that she had had a 12-year extramarital relationship with Clinton, and that he had assisted her in securing a job as an administrative assistant with the Arkansas Appeal Tribunal.[6][7] The State of Arkansas fired Flowers in early 1992 for failing to show up to work.[7]

After Clinton denied having a relationship with Flowers on 60 Minutes, she held a press conference in which she played tape recordings she had secretly made of phone calls with Clinton.[8] Clinton subsequently apologized publicly to Mario Cuomo for remarks he made about the then-Governor of New York on the tapes, in which he had said that Cuomo acted like a mafioso. During the press conference, Flowers was asked several questions by "Stuttering John" Melendez of the Howard Stern Show: if she was planning to sleep with any other candidates before the election, if Clinton used a condom and if there ever was a threesome. She responded by laughing at Stuttering John's prank, whereas her advisor wanted to ignore him by trying to answer other questions.[9] News reports at the time speculated that the taped phone conversations between Flowers and Clinton could have been doctored;[8][10] Flowers had sold the original tapes to Star and they were never lab-tested.[11] Clinton aides James Carville and George Stephanopoulos backed the claim the tapes were doctored as well.[12] Stephanopoulos later claimed in a 2000 interview with journalist Tim Russert that "Oh, it was absolutely his voice, but they were selectively edited in a way to – to create some – some impression."[13]

In December 1996, Flowers talked about her sexual relationship with Clinton on The Richard Bey Show. The show was canceled the following day. Bey later attributed a direct connection between the two consecutive events.[14]

In a deposition in January 1998, while denying Kathleen Willey's sexual accusations against him, Clinton admitted that he had a sexual encounter with Flowers.[5] In his 2004 autobiography My Life, Clinton acknowledged testifying under oath that he had a sexual encounter with Flowers. He stated it was only on one occasion in 1977.[5][15]

Flowers sued Stephanopoulos, Carville, and others in 1999 for defamation (later amending the suit in 2000 to include Hillary Clinton as a defendant), claiming that they orchestrated a campaign to discredit her. Judicial Watch represented her in her defamation lawsuit against Bill Clinton's former aides, Stephanopoulos and Carville.[16] In her case, Flowers argued that the defendants ignored obvious signs that the television news reports did not conclusively determine that someone had interfered with the tapes.[17] Summary judgment dismissing the case was given by a US district court in 2004.[17] The dismissal was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in 2006.[18]

Post-controversy years[edit]

Flowers published her memoir Gennifer Flowers: Passion and Betrayal in 1995. In it, she stated she was a sexual naïf at the time of her alleged relationship with Clinton;[19] The Baltimore Sun's book reviewer credited Flowers with breaking the formerly existing taboo regarding the sexual exploits of sitting politicians.[20] The book's initial print run was 100,000 copies.[21]

After acting in an Australian film in 1987, she played in another independent Australian film in 1992 and in the same year guest starred in the adult-themed television comedy Dream On. She then played herself in Play It to the Bone and various TV shows. In 1998 Flowers participated in Wrestlemania XIV, interviewing The Rock in a backstage segment.

Until Hurricane Katrina, she ran a cabaret called the Kelsto Club in a former bordello in New Orleans' French Quarter. Flowers made her New York theatre debut in 2004, briefly as a replacement in the Off-Broadway hit Boobs! The Musical.[22][23]

As of 2007, she lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she occasionally wrote a column.[24] During this time, she was broadly supportive of the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, saying that she wanted to "support my own gender". Flowers also denied that she had "any interest whatsoever in getting back out there and bashing Hillary Clinton."[1]

In 2008, she put what she said were the answering machine tapes of her conversations with Clinton up for auction.[25]

In November 2012, Flowers claimed that Clinton contacted her as recently as 2005. During an interview with Susan Roesgen, Flowers alleged to Roesgen that during her prior sojourn in New Orleans, President Clinton telephoned Flowers while visiting the city and asked for a meeting, which Flowers claims that she declined.[26]

In 2016, Flowers tweeted her support for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and was scheduled to attend a televised debate between him and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom Flowers had supported in 2007. However, the campaign for Donald Trump cancelled the invitation after his initial offer.[1][27][28]

Filmography[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Passion and Betrayal (1996)
  • Sleeping With the President (1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pengelly, Martin (September 25, 2016). "Gennifer Flowers 'will attend' Trump v Clinton debate". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Declaration of Gennifer G. Flowers". The Washington Post. 1998. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021. I told Bill Clinton that I wanted a job with the state. Bill Clinton told me to contact his assistant Judy Gaddy [...] I was eventually employed by the state as an administrative assistant for the Arkansas Appeal Tribunal
  3. ^ Joshua Kendall (October 22, 2018). "Him Too". Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 4, 2021. Gennifer Flowers, who, like Millwee, worked as a TV journalist
  4. ^ Leah Garchik (April 5, 1995). "PERSONALS". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2021. Gennifer Flowers, singer, newscaster
  5. ^ a b c Clines, Francis X. (March 14, 1998). "TESTING OF A PRESIDENT: THE ACCUSER; JONES LAWYERS ISSUE FILES ALLEGING CLINTON PATTERN OF HARASSMENT OF WOMEN". The New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2008. In his January deposition, the President, though finally confirming a sexual encounter with Ms. Flowers, was precise in denying Ms. Willey's report that he had sought to kiss her and feel her breasts
  6. ^ "Declaration of Gennifer G. Flowers". The Washington Post. 1998. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2021. I told Bill Clinton that I wanted a job with the state. Bill Clinton told me to contact his assistant Judy Gaddy [...] I was eventually employed by the state as an administrative assistant for the Arkansas Appeal Tribunal
  7. ^ a b David Jackson (January 30, 1992). "CLINTON`S ACCUSER GETS PINK SLIP". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2021. Gennifer Flowers [...] was dismissed from her $17,524-a-year position as an administrative assistant with the Arkansas Appeals Tribunal
  8. ^ a b "Gennifer Flowers may proceed with defamation suit". Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. November 19, 2002. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2008. At the press conference, Flowers – who initially denied allegations that she had an affair with then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton but then changed her story – played tapes of conversations she had secretly recorded between herself and Clinton
  9. ^ "User Clip: "Stuttering John" Melendez Crashes Gennifer Flowers Press Conference - C-SPAN.org". January 27, 1992.
  10. ^ "Gennifer Flowers may proceed with defamation suit". Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. November 19, 2002. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Conason, Joe (January 11, 1999). "Who Will Condemn Attacks on Clinton?". Observer. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Liptak, Adam (November 13, 2002). "National Briefing – West: California: Libel Suit From Clinton Era". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Gennifer Flowers may proceed with defamation suit". Reporters Committee for Freedom for the Press. November 19, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Juicy bits". Salon. September 20, 1999. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008. his syndicated TV talk show got yanked off the air back in 1996. Bey recently told the New York Post that, even though his show had high ratings and he himself had a brand-new contract, "the day after [the Flowers episode] airs, I'm called into the office and told that we're going out of production". (scroll down)
  15. ^ Stout, David (March 21, 1998). "TESTING OF A PRESIDENT: THE OTHER WOMAN; Flowers Acknowledges Earning $500,000 From Scandal". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  16. ^ Liptak, Adam (November 13, 2002). "West: California: Libel Suit From Clinton Era". The New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2008. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, revived a 1999 libel suit filed by Gennifer Flowers against two former aides to Bill Clinton.
  17. ^ a b "GENNIFER FLOWERS: Judge rejects lawsuit against Clinton aides". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 17, 2004. Retrieved March 20, 2008. Ruling dismisses defamation claim by woman who said she, ex-president had affair
  18. ^ "Court tosses Flowers suit against Hillary". San Francisco Chronicle. January 9, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  19. ^ Dapper, Gennifer Flowers; with Jacquelyn (1995). Gennifer Flowers: passion and betrayal. Del Mar, Calif.: E. Dalton Books. ISBN 978-0964047938.
  20. ^ Terry Teachout (April 23, 1995). "Gennifer Flowers lets it all hang out". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 4, 2021. Gennifer Flowers has done the republic of letters a major service: Thanks to her, it is now demonstrably possible to write and publish genuinely dirty books about sitting politicians. Another taboo is broken
  21. ^ Teachout, Terry (April 23, 1995). "Gennifer Flowers lets it all hang out". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 4, 2021. if one of the sexual partners in question were not the President of the United States, one may take leave to doubt that Ms. Flowers' publisher (who, significantly, is located not in New York but California) would have ordered up a first printing of 100,000 copies
  22. ^ "Gennifer Flowers Joins Cast of Boobs! The Musical Jan. 21". Playbill. January 8, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  23. ^ Judkis, Maura (November 9, 2010). "'Oklahoma!': A brief guide to musicals with exclamation points!". TBD. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015.
  24. ^ "Ask Gennifer with a G". Vegas Community Online. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  25. ^ Malcolm, Andrew (February 26, 2008). "Gennifer Flowers to auction off The Tapes with Bill". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  26. ^ Flowers, Gennifer; Roesgen, Susan (November 25, 2012). "News with a twist". WGNO-TV Channel 26 (ABC). See also Kar, Ian (November 29, 2012). "Gennifer Flowers Bill Clinton scandal: Did ex-President contact former lover In 2005?". Digital Times. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  27. ^ Parker, Ashley; Haberman, Maggie (September 24, 2016). "Gennifer Flowers at Debate? Just Making a Point, Says Team Trump". The New York Times.
  28. ^ Pengelly, Martin (September 25, 2016). "Trump did not 'formally invite' Gennifer Flowers to debate, says campaign". The Guardian.

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