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Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, sued Clinton during his presidency for allegedly exposing himself to her when he was governor in Kathleen Willey claims that Clinton fondled her breast and forced her hand on his crotch in the Oval Office inwhen she was a White House volunteer. Most seriously of all, Juanita Broaddrick claims that Clinton raped her during his campaign for Arkansas governor. And indeed, the Juanita Broaddrick case is the hardest one for admirers of Bill Clinton. Her allegation has never been definitively refuted. Only she and Bill Clinton know what the truth of the matter in the case is.
But if one generally believes it's important to believe the victim, it's hard to argue that this case should be an exception. Juanita Broaddrick gave a lengthy of her alleged rape in a Dateline NBC interview which has been posted in its entirety by the right-wing Media Research Center; the anti-Clinton site Shadowgov.
The interview was conducted on January 20,before the Senate ultimately acquitted Clinton on charges related to his affair with Monica Lewinsky on February InBroaddrick was volunteering for Clinton's gubernatorial campaign, and claims she met him when he visited his campaign office in her home town of Van Buren, Arkansas, that April. She says he then invited her to visit his office in Little Rock, which Broaddrick agreed to do a week later, when she was in the state Capitol anyway for a conference of nursing home administrators.
Once she was at a hotel in Little Rock, she claims Clinton told her that he wasn't going to the campaign headquarters and offered to meet her in her hotel lobby coffee shop instead. Once he arrived, she says he called her room and suggested that they have coffee there, since the lobby had too many reporters. Broaddrick says she agreed. Then, per the Post story:. As she tells the story, they spent only a few minutes chatting by the window -- Clinton pointed to an old jail he wanted to renovate if he became governor -- before he began kissing her. She resisted his Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas, she said, but soon he pulled her back onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her.
She said she did not scream because everything happened so quickly. Her upper lip was bruised and swollen after the encounter because, she said, he had grabbed onto it with his mouth. Several friends of Broaddrick's backed up the story. Norma Rogerswho was director of nursing at Broaddrick's nursing home at the time, told reporters that she entered the hotel room shortly after the assault allegedly took place, and "found Mrs.
Broaddrick crying and in 'a state of shock. David Broaddrick — with whom Broaddrick was having Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas affair at the time ; they both eventually left their spouses to marry each other — also told NBC that Broaddrick's top lip was black after the alleged incident, and that she told him, "that she had been raped by Bill Clinton.
Broaddrick claims she was traumatized by the incident and scared of Clinton's influence, and so didn't report the rape, or tell her then-husband, Gary Hickey. Three weeks later, Broaddrick would attend a Clinton fundraiser with Hickey. She told Myers, "I think I was still in denial that time exactly what had happened to me. I still felt very guilty at that time that it was my fault. Inshe was appointed by Clinton to a non-paid advisory board position, which she told Myers she accepted before she knew it was a gubernatorial appointment.
Inshe claims she got a letter from Clinton after her nursing home was recognized as one of the top facilities in the state, with a handwritten note saying, "I admire you very much. Then, inshe says she saw Clinton outside a meeting on nursing home standards in Little Rock, and that he said he wanted to apologize to her, and asked what he could do to make things right. She recalls saying "nothing," and walking away. About six months after her initial interviews inBroaddrick told the Drudge Report that mere weeks after the alleged assault, Hillary Clinton had tried to thank her for her silence on the matter at a political rally:.
I had been there only a few minutes, I only wanted to make an appearance and leave. She caught me and took my hand and said 'I am so happy to meet you. I want you to know that we appreciate everything you do for Bill. I said nothing. She wasn't letting me get away until she made her point. She talked low, the smile faded on the second thank you. I just released her hand from mine and left the gathering.
Broaddrick repeated it in in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity:. Before going public, Broaddrick had been courted to come forward about the allegations by Clinton enemies for years. She told reporters that an anti-Clinton businessman in Arkansas named Philip Yoakum urged her to come forward induring Clinton's presidential campaign. She only came forward after she was interviewed by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office and her allegation leaked. Broaddrick told the Journal that NBC News reporter Lisa Myers pursued her for nearly a year before she agreed to an interview, and that she came forward because she wanted to rebut false rumors circulating after her statements to prosecutors like that David Broaddrick had accepted hush money from the Clintons in exchange for silence.
Kendallinwho said, "Any allegation that the president assaulted Mrs. Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false. Beyond that, we're not going to comment. The lack of those of evidence makes the key question in the case, "Do we believe Broaddrick, or do Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas believe Clinton? In his memoir The Clinton WarsWhite House aide Sidney Blumenthal notes that when Paula Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas lawyers first approached Broaddrick, she refused to cooperate, and upon being subpoenaed ed an affidavit saying, "I do not have any information to offer regarding a nonconsensual or unwelcome sexual advance by Mr.
But it often takes a while for rape accusers to come forward, so Broaddrick's initial unwillingness to relay the allegation is hardly airtight proof she's lying. Blumenthal also noted that Norma Rogers and Jean Darden had reasons to want to damage Clinton's reputation, because in he had commuted the death sentence of their father's killer. This is a fair point, but Blumenthal seems to overplay his hand.
He claims that Rogers, Darden, and David Broaddrick were the "only ones claiming to be witnesses to Broaddrick's rape story. That doesn't mean their claims are necessarily accurate, but it's not the case that the only statements corroborating Broaddrick's story came from people with established grudges against the Clintons.
Blumenthal's other attempted rebuttals are also less than convincing. He notes that Yoakum, who first encouraged Broaddrick to come forward, and Sheffield Nelson, Clinton's Republican challenger in the governor's race, suggested to David Brock then a right-wing anti-Clinton journalist, now a prime Clinton defender that the rape story might not be true.
This was even after Yoakum and Nelson claimed to have made a secret tape of Broaddrick detailing the accusations. That certainly makes Yoakum and Nelson sound like scumbags, but it doesn't say much one way or another as to Broaddrick's reliability, especially since she didn't appear to be cooperating with them at that time. Blumenthal also cites reporting from Conason and Lyons suggesting that Broaddrick had asked the Van Buren Press Argus-Courierher local paper, to photograph her nursing home in upon the visit of Gov.
Bill Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas. This assertion, that a "true" rape victim would cut off all contact with their rapist, is rather misleading and pernicious, and maintaining contact with an alleged assailant is hardly proof that a victim is lying. Others may maintain contact in an attempt to regain a feeling of normalcy. Some Clinton allies have implied that Clinton may have had consensual sex with Broaddrick, but that she alleged rape because she didn't want her then-boyfriend David Broaddrick to know she was cheating on him and on her husband.
In his book Blinded by the RightDavid Brock hypothesizes that, "Dave Broaddrick had suspected Juanita of having consensual sex with Clinton and that Juanita came up with the rape claim later to get herself out of trouble with her boyfriend. No one besides Bill Clinton and Juanita Broaddrick knows the true story here — and ultimately, the matter comes down to which of their two s one believes.
There is certainly not enough here to convict Clinton in a court of law, even if there weren't a statute of limitations. There's no physical evidence.
There's just Broaddrick's and her friends' words against Clinton's. To that end, last year, I reached out both to the Hillary Clinton campaign and Bill Clinton's personal representatives; the former did not reply, while the latter declined to comment. Given the prevailing view among many progressives — including Hillary Clinton — that one should default to believing rape accusers, the Broaddrick allegation thus poses a problem.
Michelle Goldbergthen at Slate, explained the conundrum well in a piece from December Our rules for talking about sexual Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas have changed since the s, when these women were last in the news. But today, few feminists would find her shifting story disqualifying. Consider, also, another piece of evidence that was marshaled against Broaddrick in the s: Three weeks after the alleged assault, she attended a fundraiser for Clinton.
Speaking to Klein, she says she was traumatized and blamed herself for what happened. But me letting him come to my room? I accepted full blame. As Goldberg notes, some of the conservatives who resurfaced the Broaddrick case in and were clearly doing so in bad faith to attack the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who certainly did not personally assault Broaddrick Broaddrick's allegations of intimidation aside.
And similarly, the story is being exploited by conservative media to deflect from accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Broaddrick repeated it in in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity: Before going public, Broaddrick had been courted to come forward about the allegations by Clinton enemies for years. Michelle Goldbergthen at Slate, explained the conundrum well in a piece from December Our rules for talking about sexual assault have Woman looking casual sex Harvey Arkansas since the s, when these women were last in the news.
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