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Paula Jones Deposed By Clinton's Lawyer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, Nov. 13) -- Paula Corbin Jones was grilled by President Bill Clinton's lawyer today in a second round of questioning in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the president.
In her first sworn statement in the lawsuit, Jones was deposed Wednesday for nearly eight hours by attorneys for Clinton and co-defendant Danny Ferguson. She returned to continue her testimony this morning to the Little Rock, Ark., law office where the proceedings were held.
The judge in the case has imposed a gag order, prohibiting everyone involved from talking about pretrial happenings.
A spokeswoman for Jones, Susan Carpenter-McMillan, did predict Clinton lawyer Robert Bennett would be unrelenting in his questioning of the plaintiff.
"I would anticipate it will be a very grueling morning. I cannot imagine Mr. Bennett going lightly on her at all," Carpenter-McMillan said. "But Paula wants her day in court. That has never changed. It won't change today and it won't change tomorrow."
Jones has claimed that then-Gov. Clinton propositioned her in May 1991, in a Little Rock hotel room, asking for oral sex. Clinton has denied any wrongdoing, and the case is scheduled to go to trial in May 1998.
Clinton's co-defendant is state trooper Danny Ferguson, who Jones claims helped arrange the Excelsior Hotel meeting.
Over the last few weeks the lawyers have been busy deposing several prospective witnesses in the case. Gennifer Flowers, who claims to have had a longtime affair with Clinton, is scheduled to be questioned Friday in Dallas, Texas.
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