Bill Clinton sexual misconduct allegations

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Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001), has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women. Apart from these three accusers, many other women have accused Clinton of consensual adultery.

Juanita Broaddrick accused Clinton of rape; Kathleen Willey accused Clinton of groping her without consent; and Paula Jones accused Clinton of exposing himself and sexually harassing her. Charges of sexual misconduct somewhat gained heightened publicity during Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. In addition to these accusers, several other women have accused Clinton of consensual adultery.

Of all the allegations made against him regarding his sexual history, Clinton has only admitted extramarital relationships with Monica Lewinsky and Gennifer Flowers. Through his representatives, he has responded to the allegations by attempting to discredit the credibility of the accusers, noting that (in the case of Broaddrick and Willey) they previously testified, under oath, that Clinton never made unwanted advances. Several witnesses close to Willey and Jones state that the two women described their encounter with Clinton as consensual.

The three accusers, Willey, Broaddrick and Jones, reemerged in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign as critics of Hillary Clinton (accusing her of enabling her husband's alleged sexual assault) and as supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump, who himself was also facing sexual assault allegations during the campaign. They appeared as debate guests at the second 2016 presidential debate, alongside Kathy Shelton (who as a minor was raped by a man Hillary Clinton represented as a public defender), and referenced Bill Clinton in pre-debate statements. They also defended Trump from accusations of sexual misconduct arising from comments Trump made in a leaked video tape.

Juanita Broaddrick[edit]

In a 1999 episode of Dateline NBC, former Bill Clinton volunteer Juanita Broaddrick alleged that, in the late 1970s, Clinton raped her in her hotel room. According to Broaddrick, she agreed to meet with Clinton for coffee in the lobby of her hotel, but Clinton asked if they could go to her room to avoid a crowd of reporters; she agreed. Once Clinton had isolated her in her hotel room, Broaddrick states that he raped her. Broaddrick stated Clinton injured her lip by biting it during the assault.[1][2] In 1999, Clinton denied Broaddrick's allegations through his lawyer.

Supporters of Clinton have questioned her account by noting that Broaddrick continued to support Clinton, and appear at public events on his behalf, weeks after the alleged rape, along with the fact that Broaddrick stated that she couldn't remember the exact date the alleged incident occurred.[3] In addition, Broaddrick had once signed a deposition, under oath, stating that no sexual contact had occurred with Bill Clinton; although she subsequently stated that she had made this claim because "I didn't want to be forced to testify about the most horrific event of my life."[4][5] In 1999, Slate magazine published an inconclusive piece on whether Broaddrick was telling the truth.[6] She was then subpoenaed but denied under oath that Clinton had raped her, in order, she later said[by whom?], to protect her privacy, her husband and her horse-farm business. During the Clinton impeachment proceedings, Broaddrick changed course and publicly alleged the President had raped her to ABC news. She stated that in 1978 that she revealed the alleged assault to five intimates, and that they advised her not to cause trouble for herself by going public.

Broaddrick's allegations resurfaced in the 2016 presidential campaign. In various media interviews, Broaddrick stated that Clinton raped her and that Hillary Clinton knew about it, and tried to threaten Broaddrick into remaining silent. She said that she started giving some interviews in 2015 because Hillary Clinton's statement that victims of sexual assault should be believed angered her.[7] In 2016, she spoke out, together with Clinton's two other accusers (Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey), in favor of Donald Trump's campaign. The women defended Trump against his own allegations of sexual misconduct, which arose from leaked audio recordings in which he is alleged to have condoned sexual assault. They also criticized Hillary Clinton for enabling her husband's alleged abuse.

Paula Jones[edit]

According to Paula Jones' account, on May 8, 1991, she was escorted to Clinton's hotel room in Little Rock, Arkansas[8] where he propositioned and exposed himself to her. She claimed she kept quiet about the incident until 1994, when a David Brock story in the American Spectator magazine printed an account. In any case, in 1994, Jones filed a federal lawsuit against Clinton, alleging sexual harassment. In the discovery stage of the suit, Jones's lawyers had the opportunity to question Clinton under oath about his sexual history; in the course of this testimony, Clinton denied having had a sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, a denial that (once his affair with Lewinsky was exposed) would lead to his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice.[9]

Several witnesses disputed Jones's account, including her sister and brother-in-law. These witnesses contended that she had described her encounter with Clinton as "happy" and "gentle." In addition, Jones had claimed to friends that Clinton had a particular deformity on his penis, a claim that was revealed to be false by investigators.[10]

In April 1998, the case was dismissed by Republican Judge Susan Webber Wright as lacking legal merit.[11] But Jones appealed Webber Wright's ruling, and her suit gained traction following Clinton's admission to having an affair with Monica Lewinsky in August 1998.[12] (This admission indicated that Clinton may have lied under oath when he testified, in the Jones case, that he had never had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.)

On appeal, in the midst of his trial for impeachment based on his testimony in the Jones case, Clinton was faced with the prospect of having to go under oath again and testify more about his sexual history. Instead, Clinton agreed to an out-of-court settlement, paying Jones and her lawyers $850,000 to drop the suit; the vast majority of this money was used to pay Jones's legal fees.[13] Clinton's lawyer said that the President made the settlement only so he could end the lawsuit for good and move on with his life.[14]

In 2016, she spoke out, together with Clinton's two other accusers (Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey), in favor of Donald Trump's campaign. The women defended Trump against his own allegations of sexual misconduct, which arose from leaked audio recordings in which he is alleged to have condoned sexual assault. They also criticized Hillary Clinton for enabling her husband's alleged abuse.

Kathleen Willey[edit]

In 1998, Kathleen Willey alleged Clinton groped her without consent in the White House Oval Office in 1993.[15] Kenneth Starr granted her immunity for her testimony in his separate inquiry.[16][17]

Linda Tripp, the Clinton Administration staffer who secretly taped her phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky in order to expose the latter's affair with the President, testified under oath that Willey's sexual contact with President Clinton in 1993 was consensual, that Willey had been flirting with the President, and that Willey was happy and excited following her 1993 encounter with Clinton.[18] Six other friends of Willey confirmed Tripp's account, that Willey had sought a sexual relationship with the President.[19] Ken Starr, who had deposed Willey in the course of investigating the sexual history of President Clinton, determined that she had lied under oath repeatedly to his investigators. Starr and his team therefore concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue her allegations further. In 2007 Willey published a book about her experiences with the Clintons.[20]

In 2016, she spoke out, together with Clinton's two other accusers (Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick), in favor of Donald Trump's campaign. The women defended Trump against his own allegations of sexual misconduct, which arose from leaked audio recordings in which he is alleged to have condoned sexual assault. They also criticized Hillary Clinton for enabling her husband's alleged abuse.

Joy Behar controversy[edit]

Two decades after most of the events in question, on the U.S. television program The View co-host Joy Behar referred to Bill Clinton's accusers as "tramps." Behar apologized for the sexual slur shortly afterwards.[21][22][23][24]

Related books[edit]

Several books have been published related to these incidents. These are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Lois; Baker, Peter (February 20, 1999). "Another Clinton Accuser Goes Public". Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Clinton Accuser's Story Aired". The Washington Post. March 14, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Dylan (6 January 2016). "The rape allegation against Bill Clinton, explained". 
  4. ^ "Clinton Accuser's Story Aired". Washington Post. February 25, 1999. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The truth about Donald Trump's old mud: The facts about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton". Daily News. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Is Juanita Broaddrick Telling the Truth?". Slate. March 3, 1999. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ian Tuttle (January 20, 2016). "Juanita Broaddrick Still Haunts Hillary Clinton". National Review. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Clinton v. Jones, No. 95-1853 U.S. (1997-05-27).
  9. ^ Tiersma, Peter. "The Language of Perjury", languageandlaw.org, 20 November 2007
  10. ^ Matthews, Dylan (9 October 2016). "The sexual harassment allegations against Bill Clinton, explained". 
  11. ^ "Clinton Welcomes Jones Decision; Appeal Likely". CNN. April 2, 1998. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Text of Jones's Appeal". The Washington Post. July 31, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Appeals court ponders Paula Jones settlement". CNN. November 18, 1998. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ Baker, Peter (November 14, 1998). "Clinton Settles Paula Jones Lawsuit for $850,000". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Starr Report". www.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  16. ^ "The Lives Of Kathleen Willey". CNN. March 30, 1998. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ 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. The Presidential deposition released today confirmed several revelations reported earlier, including Mr. Clinton's confirmation... that he had had sex with Gennifer Flowers, a one-time Arkansas worker. 
  18. ^ Susan Schmidt (November 1, 1998). "Starr Probing Willey Allegations". Washington Post. 
  19. ^ "Starr and Willey: The Untold Story" – via The Nation. 
  20. ^ Willey, Kathleen (6 November 2007). "Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton". WND Books, an imprint of World Ahead Media – via Amazon. 
  21. ^ "October 10, 2016 Episode of The View". Youtube.com. October 10, 2016. pp. 21:04 Minutes:Seconds and 22:00. Retrieved 13 October 2016. tramps 
  22. ^ "The View host Joy Behar apologises for calling Bill Clinton accusers "tramps" on TV after sparking backlash". Mirror (UK). October 12, 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Joy Behar sorry for calling Bill Clinton accusers 'tramps' on 'The View'". FoxNews.com. October 11, 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "October 11, 2016 Episode - The View". YouTube. October 11, 2016. pp. 0:36 Minutes:Seconds. Retrieved 13 October 2016.