Thursday 24 May 2018

Bill Clinton reportedly facing four sexual assault lawsuits after fresh allegations made against former president

Former US President Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton

Rozina Sabur

Bill Clinton is reportedly facing fresh allegations of sexual assault by four women, according to the author of a book on the former president.

Edward Klein, who has written several books on the Clinton family, has claimed Mr Clinton is facing four separate lawsuits by women who are seeking substantial payouts.

The women claim Mr Clinton assaulted them while they were in their late teens and working for playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle.

Mr Clinton helped the billionaire generate business and reportedly flew around the world with a flock of beautiful young women on Mr Burkle's private jet. There is no suggestion that Mr Burkle was aware of any impropriety.

Mr Klein, the former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine, has claimed sources within the Democratic party have shared details of the women's intended legal action with him.

It is not clear exactly when the assaults are alleged to have taken place but they date from after Mr Clinton left the White House in 2001, according to the sources.

Mr Clinton, 71, has faced a number of allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, including his infamous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while in office.

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Official White House photo taken Nov. 17, 1995 showing President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky at the White House

Mr Clinton also paid $850,000 to former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

The settlement led to the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against the 42nd president. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1999 Juanita Broaddrick, a nursing home administrator, claimed Mr Clinton had raped her while a former White House aide Kathleen Willey claimed he sexually assaulted her during his first term in office.

Mr Clinton has always denied both allegations.

The four women currently taking action are hoping to secure substantial payouts in return for their silence, according to an official who served in Mr Clinton's administration.

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Hillary Clinton is embraced by her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L), as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

However if their attempt at a payout fails they are said to be ready to go public with their allegations.

Writing for Mail Online, Mr Klein said a member of Mr Clinton's legal team has confirmed the existence of the new allegations, telling him: "Obviously, I'm aware of [the allegations] but [I] can't talk about them".

However, Mr Clinton's lawyer has not responded to the Telegraph's request for comment.

"Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again," a Democratic party official is reported to have told Mr Klein.

"He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud".

Telegraph.co.uk

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