- Four women over the past few decades have publicly accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault or harassment. One woman accused Clinton of raping her.
- Amid ongoing national attention on issues of sexual assault and workplace harassment, Democrats and others on the left are beginning to reexamine their response to the allegations against Clinton.
President Bill Clinton’s decision to lie under oath about his consensual affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky almost forced him from the presidency.
But allegations made by four other women that Clinton either sexually assaulted or harassed them have done little to discredit him among his supporters. Clinton has denied all of the allegations against him, including those made by four other women who say they had consensual extramarital relationships with him.
As a national spotlight focuses on sexual assault and harassment following a flood of accusations of misconduct against dozens of prominent men in Hollywood, the media, and politics, Democrats and others on the left are beginning to reexamine their response to the allegations against Clinton.
“Everybody in the mainstream press is calling all of Bill Clinton’s crimes infidelities,” Kathleen Willey, one of the women who has accused Clinton of harassment, told the Fox News host Sean Hannity in October 2016. “Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are not infidelities. They are crimes and they are misdemeanours.”
Here are the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him:
Juanita Broaddrick has made the most serious allegations against Clinton, accusing him of raping her in 1978 while Clinton was Arkansas’ attorney general.
Broaddrick, then a 35-year-old nursing-home administrator, met Clinton when he visited her nursing home on a campaign stop. After Clinton asked to meet with her on her next trip to Little Rock, the two set up a meeting in a hotel coffee shop.
Broaddrick, who first made the accusation publicly in 1999, told BuzzFeed News last year that when Clinton arrived at the hotel he asked to meet in Broaddrick’s room instead and, after he arrived, violently raped her. Broaddrick said he bloodied her lip by biting it.
“There was no remorse,” Broaddrick told BuzzFeed News. “He acted like it was an everyday occurrence. He was not the least bit apologetic. It was just unreal.”
The Washington Post reported that two people close to Broaddrick said she described the rape to them at the time.
Kathleen Willey said Clinton kissed her, fondled her breasts, and forced her to touch his crotch during a meeting in the Oval Office in 1993, while Willey was a volunteer in the White House correspondence office.
Willey made her allegations public in 1998, and Clinton “emphatically” denied that the interaction was sexual, arguing that he hugged Willey and may have kissed her on the forehead.
Willey says she was “friends” with Clinton and confided in him during the meeting that she and her husband were having financial troubles. She asked him for a promotion from her volunteer position to a paying job and says that Clinton was sympathetic and asked to talk with her in a small room off of the Oval Office. Willey says Clinton cornered and assaulted her in that room.
“My mind was racing and I thought: ‘Should I slap him? Or should I kick him? Or knee him?'” Willey recalled thinking during an October 2016 interview with the Fox News host Sean Hannity. “What do I do? Scream? Is the Secret Service gonna come in and descend upon me with guns?”
A former Arkansas state employee named Paula Jones said that in 1991, at a government quality-management conference that Clinton attended, she was approached by the state police and told that Clinton, then the governor, wanted to meet with her. Jones said that a police officer escorted her to Clinton’s hotel room in Little Rock and that Clinton then propositioned her for sex and exposed his genitals to her.
“He sat down, pulled down his pants, his whole everything and he was exposed, and I said, ‘I’m not that kind of girl, and I need to be getting back to my desk,'” Jones recalled to Hannity.
Jones said the state police officer was standing just outside the hotel room during the encounter.
She said that she tried to leave after Clinton exposed himself but that Clinton rushed over and grabbed the door.
“He said, ‘You’re a smart girl – let’s keep this between ourselves,'” Jones said.
She said when she left the room the state trooper was smirking.
Jones made her allegations public in 1994 and brought a sexual-harassment lawsuit against Clinton. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in 1998 on the grounds that Jones didn’t prove that she was harmed, either personally or in her career, by the incident, and Jones appealed the ruling.
Clinton ultimately paid Jones $US850,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement agreement but did not admit guilt or apologise to Jones.
Leslie Millwee, a former television reporter, came forward publicly for the first time in October 2016 to accuse Clinton of sexually assaulting her in 1980.
Millwee says Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, groped her on several occasions at the now-defunct TV station she worked at in Arkansas.
“He followed me into an editing room,” Millwee told the far-right website Breitbart News in an October 2016 interview. “It was very small. There was a chair. I was sitting in a chair. He came up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts. And I was just stunned. I froze. I asked him to stop. He laughed.”
Millwee says the incidents escalated.
She said of a second incident: “He came in behind me. Started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm. He’s trying to touch my breasts. And I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.'”
She recalled a third time in which, she said, she wasn’t aware Clinton was in the building when he found her in the editing room.
Millwee says she did not report it to authorities because he was the governor of Arkansas at the time and she worried about what would happen if she came forward.
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