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White House denies allegations of 1978 sexual assault by Clinton

From CNN Congressional Correspondent Bob Franken

February 20, 1999
Web posted at: 5:44 p.m. EST (2244 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, February 20) -- The White House is denying allegations that President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted a woman more than 20 years ago, when he was attorney general of Arkansas.

The woman, Juanita Broaddrick, now 55, lives in Van Buren, Arkansas. She claimed in interviews with The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post that Clinton assaulted her in 1978.

Her story simmered in Arkansas for years but remained underground until Broaddrick was subpoenaed in Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against Clinton. In response, Broaddrick signed an affidavit denying that Clinton sexually assaulted her.

She later changed her story during interviews with Independent Counsel Ken Starr's investigators and said the president had assaulted her. Starr made a note of her reversal in an appendix to his report to Congress.

House managers considered calling her as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial but decided against it.

Clinton's personal lawyer, David Kendall, issued a statement Friday night denying the allegations.

"Any allegation that the president assaulted Mrs. Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false. Beyond that, we're not going to comment," he said.

Broaddrick told the two newspapers she is going public now because she was angered by recent tabloid reports that claimed she and her husband were being paid for their silence.


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