Weeks away from the 2016 presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been hit with several damaging sexual assault allegations. This site has covered those controversies in full.
Trump’s Democratic opponents argue that his female accusers deserve to be heard. Rightfully so. Hillary Clinton herself full-throatedly claimed that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”
However, this knife should cut both ways.
Another powerful politician closely involved in the election has a litany of unsettled sexual assault allegations against him: Former President Bill Clinton.
Here’s a complete list of all of his accusers.
1) Juanita Broaddrick
It was 1978 when Juanita Broaddrick first met Bill Clinton, who was then the Arkansas attorney general. She was working at a nursing home she had started when Clinton visited her workplace during a campaign stop.
Broaddrick says Clinton told her to call his campaign office when she was visiting Little Rock, which she did. She claims they met in a hotel coffee shop, but Clinton complained of reporters in the lobby and suggested they go to her hotel room.
After a few minutes of chatting, Broaddrick alleges Clinton started kissing her. She first told her story to the Washington Post in 1999:
She resisted his advances, 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.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘You better get some ice for that.’ And he put on his sunglasses and walked out the door,” she recalled.
Broaddrick, now 73, said she avoided the public spotlight for years as Clinton’s enemies urged her to go public.
“It was a horrible, horrible experience and I just wanted it to go away,” she said.
2) Kathleen Willey
Kathleen Willey claims Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her while she was serving as a White House aide in 1993.
Willey, 70, unloaded her explosive claims in a 1998 interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” program:
…in an 1998 interview with Mike Bradley on 60 Minutes, Willey said Clinton had tried to kiss her, touched her breasts and put her hand on his genitals when the two of them were alone. Clinton has always denied the allegations.
Willey has been actively tweeting against Hillary Clinton, writing earlier this week that “the Hag has called us bimbos, sluts, trailer trash, whores, skanks.”
The Hag has called us bimbos,sluts,trailer trash,whores,skanks. From one woman to her rapist's victims.When will u resign from ur campaign?
— KATHLEEN WILLEY (@kathleenwilley) October 8, 2016
3) Paula Jones
Paula Jones was working as an Arkansas state employee in 1991 when she claims Bill Clinton sexually harassed her while he was serving as governor and then defamed her when she went public in 1994.
According to Jones, the then-Gov. Clinton had a State Trooper bring Jones up to his hotel room where he eventually groped her and and exposed himself to her, requesting she perform a lewd sex act. Jones refused and eventually left the room as Clinton asked her to keep the encounter “just between ourselves.”
Jones sued the president of the United States and the resulting investigation led to the discovery of other sex-related allegations against Clinton, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to settle the lawsuit, but never admitted wrongdoing or apologized.
NOTE: The Excelsior Hotel, where the alleged sexual assault took place was used by the Clintons for years after for fundraisers and political rallies.
4) Monica Lewinsky
Lewinsky’s is undoubtedly the most famous case of Bill Clinton’s sexual misdeeds.
The former president is accused of sexually preying on Lewinsky when she was working under him as a White House intern in 1995. In those years, Clinton and Lewinsky had multiple sexual encounters. Here is the handwritten testimony of Lewinsky in the Starr report:
Lewinsky was 21 at the beginning of the sexual relationship.
In a moment that would mar his legacy forever, Clinton looked the American people in the face and declared:
“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
Clinton would later admit he wasn’t being entirely honest. The Lewinsky scandal led to impeachment proceedings and a scandal-filled period in his presidency. More from CBS News:
He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice during the course of a grand jury investigation of the affair.
Although he was acquitted by the Senate after the impeachment sailed through the GOP-controlled House, the scandal had taken a sharp toll on Clinton’s brand and his esteem on Capitol Hill.
5) Sandra Allen James
While working as a political fundraiser in 1991, Sandra Allen James alleges Clinton invited her to a Washington, D.C., hotel room and sexually assaulted her.
She reportedly claimed Clinton pinned her up against the wall and shoved his hand up her dress.
6) Eileen Wellstone
Eileen Wellstone’s sexual assault allegations against Bill Clinton go all the way back to 1969 at Oxford University, where she and the future president were students.
Wellstone revealed her story in 1999 that Clinton sexually assaulted her during their time at Oxford after they met at a pub, but she never went public with additional details.
7) Carolyn Moffet
In 1999, Carolyn Moffet publicly claimed that Bill Clinton attempted to force her into performing oral sex on him while working as a legal secretary in Arkansas.
She gave one of her only interviews to Capitol Hill Blue and then went silent:
The former Miss Moffet, the legal secretary who says Clinton tried to force her into oral sex in 1979, has since married and left the state. She says that when she told her boyfriend, who was a lawyer and supporter of Clinton, about the incident, he told her to keep her mouth shut.
“He said that people who crossed the governor usually regretted it and that if I knew what was good for me I’d forget that it ever happened,” she said. “I haven’t forgotten it. You don’t forget crude men like that.”
Like two other women, the former Miss Moffet declined further interviews. A neighbor said she had received threatening phone calls.
8) Carolyn Zercher
Carolyn Zercher, a former flight attendant on Bill Clinton’s 1991 presidential campaign, told tabloid Star magazine in 1998 that the former president groped her during a flight while Hillary Clinton slept nearby.
The New York Daily News reported at the time that Clinton campaign advisers dismissed the allegations:
Zercher, the latest in a string of women who have charged that Clinton sexually harassed them, said the Democratic presidential candidate once invited her to join him in the campaign jet’s bathroom while his pants were unzipped. Ex-Clinton campaign advisers scoffed at the allegations, and an ex-husband of Zercher’s said he found the story hard to believe.
9. Gennifer Flowers
Gennifer Flowers doused Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign in red hot controversy when she revealed their sexual relationship soon before the election. She said their relationship spanned over a decade — and many thought the revelation would sink Clinton’s candidacy.
Like with Monica Lewinsky, Clinton first denied having sex with Flowers during a “60 Minutes” interview, but was forced to admit the truth after Flowers released secretly recorded phone calls between them. However, he claimed his affair with Flowers, an Arkansas state employee, Penthouse model and actress, only lasted one session in 1977.
As CNN notes, media also did its best to ignore the story initially:
At first, some in the media ignored the story given the outlet that published the first take. “This is what I think of the story,” said the executive producer of CBS News, before throwing the tabloid in the garbage.
James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, both Clinton aides at the time, also attempted to discredit Flowers. Stephanopoulos said of the recorded calls, “Oh, it was absolutely his voice, but they were selectively edited in a way to – to create some – some impression.”
Flowers would sue Hillary Clinton Carville and Stephanopoulos for defamation. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2006.
She continues to insist that Hillary Clinton is an “enabler” of her husband’s sexual misconduct.
10) Helen Dowdy
Helen Dowdy, the wife of Hillary Clinton’s cousin, told author Jerry Oppenheimer that Bill Clinton inappropriately groped her during a wedding in 1986.
She claimed he dragged her onto the dance floor and then pulled her in “very closely.”
“It was almost like a teenager would do. It was so inappropriate,” she said.
The allegation was published in Oppenheimer’s 2000 book “State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
At least two other women have anonymously accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, according to the 1999 Capitol Hill Blue report:
In 1972, a 22-year-old woman told campus police at Yale University that she was sexually assaulted by Clinton, a law student at the college. No charges were filed, but retired campus policemen contacted by Capitol Hill Blue confirmed the incident. The woman, tracked down by Capitol Hill Blue last week, confirmed the incident, but declined to discuss it further and would not give permission to use her name;
In 1974, a female student at the University of Arkansas complained that then-law school instructor Bill Clinton tried to prevent her from leaving his office during a conference. She said he groped her and forced his hand inside her blouse. She complained to her faculty advisor who confronted Clinton, but Clinton claimed the student ”came on” to him.
The student left the school shortly after the incident. Reached at her home in Texas, the former student confirmed the incident, but declined to go on the record with her account. Several former students at the University have confirmed the incident in confidential interviews and said there were other reports of Clinton attempting to force himself on female students.
Clinton was never charged in any of the cases.