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Did Bill Clinton Rape Juanita Broaddrick? Reviewing the Evidence

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Bill Clinton on a visit to Juanita Broaddrick’s (right) nursing home in 1978 in Van Buren, Arkansas. (Getty)

For years, a former nursing administrator named Juanita Broaddrick has claimed that Bill Clinton raped her in 1978 when he was the attorney general of Arkansas.

Donald Trump – reeling from his own lewd comments in a videotaped conversation with a former Access Hollywood host, which he apologized for – raised the allegations by retweeting Broaddrick’s claims October 8 and pledged to go after Clinton’s sexual past in the second presidential debate Sunday night. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted out a video interview in which Broaddrick details the allegations against Bill Clinton.

Broaddrick herself has continued to publicly raise the claims on social media, especially in recent months. She also accuses Hillary Clinton of trying to silence her.

Clinton’s lawyer denies the claims, and charges were never filed. What follows is an outline of what we know about the case.


Broaddrick Says Clinton Raped Her in a Little Rock Hotel but Did Not Report the Allegations at the Time

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Juanita Broaddrick. (Twitter)

According to the Wall Street Journal, in 1978, Broaddrick was a nursing home owner and Clinton campaign worker when Clinton, then attorney general of Arkansas, visited one of her nursing homes while running for governor. He invited the married Broaddrick to visit his campaign headquarters in Little Rock. She soon went there for a seminar, and so she called him, and was told to meet him at a coffee shop in the Camelot Hotel, says the Wall Street Journal, recounting Broaddrick’s allegations.

Broaddrick alleges that Clinton then suggested that they have the coffee in her room because it was noisy in the shop, and he raped her there.

Three weeks after she says the rape occurred, Broaddrick attended a Clinton fundraiser, according to Slate Magazine.

The Washington Post reported that Clinton’s enemies wanted Broaddrick to speak out in 1992 when he was running for president but “she refused.” She did not publicly discuss the allegations until 1999.


There Is Corroboration for Some of the Surrounding Details in Her Story, but No Direct Physical Evidence

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Dolly Kyle says she had a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton for nearly two decades. (Facebook/Dolly Kyle)

The Weekly Standard says that Broaddrick claimed that Clinton said she didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant because he was sterile due to mumps, and two women who say they had consensual affairs with him, Gennifer Flowers and Dolly Kyle Browning, have also said he told them he had infertility problems. There are allegations that Clinton bit other women’s lips during sexual encounters; the Daily Caller says there are multiple other reports of women making non-consensual sexual allegations against Bill Clinton, demonstrating a pattern. Again, though, Clinton has never been arrested or charged with sexual assault.

National Review says there is documentation to corroborate the claim that Broaddrick was at the Little Rock seminar that day.

Slate reports that, although Broaddrick did not remember the date she says the rape occurred when she finally publicly discussed it, she did provide the hotel name and the name of the seminar that drew her to Little Rock. According to Slate, “She also says that Clinton pointed to a ramshackle prison outside the hotel room window before he raped her…NBC News found a date when a nursing home seminar was held in the Camelot Hotel and records show that Broaddrick attended. Newspaper reports suggest that Clinton was in the area and had no official commitments in the early morning…There was a prison outside the hotel window.”

These details do not prove the rape happened, of course. But they do corroborate pieces of Broaddrick’s story or at least they don’t refute it.


Broaddrick Has Graphically Described the Alleged Assault in TV Interviews, Including Claims Clinton Forcefully Bit Her Lip

Trump tweeted out a video interview Broaddrick gave to the conservative site Breitbart. You can watch that video interview above. In it, Broaddrick says:

I kept telling him no. I don’t want this at all. You must have had the wrong idea. And he wouldn’t listen… and he grabbed me again very forcefully and started biting on my top lip. And this was extremely painful. I thought he was going to bite my lip off. And that’s when he pushed me back on the bed…

After stopping for a moment, an emotional and crying Broaddrick, who is now retired, then said, “I’m afraid of him… I’m still afraid. Especially if she becomes president.”

She then said Bill Clinton “tore the waist of my skirt, and then he ripped my pantyhose, and then he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down.”

Broaddrick has given televised interviews imparting the same details in the past. In 1999, she went on the NBC News Dateline television program and shared her allegations for the first time publicly to Lisa Myers in the wake of the Ken Starr investigation into allegations that Clinton sexually harassed Paula Jones (he later settled the Jones case for $850,000). Watch the Dateline interview here:

Broaddrick also previously granted a televised interview to Sean Hannity. Watch it here:

You can read a full transcript of Broaddrick’s Lisa Myers’ interview here.


There Were 5 Contemporaneous Witnesses at the Time, Reports Say

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Juanita Broaddrick. (Twitter)

Slate Magazine reported of Broaddrick’s allegations: “Five people say she told them about the assault right after it allegedly happened.”

One of those witnesses was Norma Rogers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rogers was a fellow nurse along for the seminar who said in an interview that she found Broaddrick on the bed “in a state of shock–lips swollen to double their size, mouth discolored from the biting, her pantyhose torn in the crotch. She just stayed on the bed and kept repeating, ‘I can’t believe what happened.'” Rogers says she applied ice to Juanita’s mouth.

Rogers repeated the account, which she first gave years ago, to “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” in 2016, according to The UK Daily Mail, saying of Broaddrick, “She was crying. And the thing I think I remember most is that her mouth was all swollen up. It was cut. … Her pantyhose were all ripped.”

The conservative site Breitbart has also posted audio of Rogers discussing the Broaddrick allegations. You can listen to it here. Rogers said Broaddrick didn’t want to come forward years ago at the time in part because she was married and didn’t know how to tell her husband, said UK Daily Mail.

National Review says Rogers alleges “Broaddrick told her that Bill Clinton had ‘forced himself on her'” at the time.

According to National Review, four other people say that Broaddrick contemporaneously told them that Clinton had raped her: David Broaddrick, her second husband, was having an affair with her at the time. He alleges she “remembers Juanita’s arriving home with a swollen lip and telling him that she had been assaulted by Bill Clinton,” says National Review. Broaddrick’s friends Susan Lewis, Louis Ma, and Rogers’ sister Jean Darden also say that Broaddrick told them about the allegations at the time, says National Review. However, complicating matters, as governor, Clinton commuted the sentence of their father’s killer, says the news site.


Clinton Himself Has Never Specifically Addressed the Allegations

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Bill Clinton address a crowd in Little Rock, Arkansas in April, 2000. (Getty)

The National Review writes of the Broaddrick allegations, “It remains not only the most credible accusation against Clinton and the most serious. It is also the one about which the Clintons have said the least.”

Back in 1999, when the allegations first came to light publicly in a big way, Bill Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, denied the allegations.

“Any allegation that the president assaulted Ms. Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false,” Clinton’s personal attorney, David E. Kendall, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. “Beyond that we are not going to comment.”

However, Bill Clinton himself has never addressed them despite being heckled at multiple campaign appearances by people crying out “rapist.” Slate says Clinton “refuses” to comment beyond his lawyer’s statement.

National Review says the “entire record of the Clintons’ response to Broaddrick’s allegations amounts to one line,” Kendall’s old comment.


Broaddrick Denied the Allegations in a Sworn Affidavit

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Paula Jones. (Getty)

According to Slate, Broaddrick “denied the rape in a 1997 affidavit filed with Paula Jones’ lawyers but changed her story the next year, when she was interviewed by the FBI in the course of Kenneth Starr’s investigation.”

In part, Broaddrick said in the affidavit, according to The Washington Post, which has run it in full:

During the 1992 Presidential campaign there were unfounded rumors and stories circulated that Mr. Clinton had made unwelcome sexual advances toward me in the late seventies. Newspaper and tabloid reporters hounded me and my family, seeking corroboration of these tales. I repeatedly denied the allegations and requested that my family’s privacy be respected. These allegations are untrue and I had hoped that they would no longer haunt me, or cause further disruption to my family.

Starr, of course, was looking into sexual harassment allegations by Paula Jones, as well as Clinton’s consensual affair with the much younger Monica Lewinsky, who, as an intern, was his subordinate.

According to The Post, Broaddrick later said she lied in the affidavit because she didn’t want to be drawn into the Jones case, and she later recanted the above affidavit after Starr gave her immunity.

Also in 2007, Broaddrick was approached by private investigators for Paula Jones. They recorded the conversation. You can read the transcript here.

In it, she says she does not want to talk to them because “It’s very private. We’re talking about something 20 years ago” and “Yeah. It’s not pleasant, and I won’t even go into it.” She also said she believed Paula Jones was telling the truth, saying, “Yeah, she’s telling the truth. Anything she would say bad about him, she’s telling the truth.”

She said, “But you can’t get to him, and I’m not going to ruin my good name to do it” and “Well, there’s just absolutely no way that anyone can get to him, he’s just too vicious,” according to the transcript.


Broaddrick Claims That Hillary Clinton Encouraged Her to Remain Silent

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A 1992 photo shows then Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton (L) and his wife Hillary (R) embracing. (Getty)

Of course, Bill Clinton isn’t running for president – Hillary Clinton is. Broaddrick has claimed that Hillary tried to silence her, according to The Hill.

Specifically, according to McClatchy DC, she alleges that Hillary approached her at an event after the alleged rape and: “She grabs my arm, very deliberatively, and looks at me very angrily” and Broaddrick then claims, paraphrases McClatchy, that Hillary “reminded Broaddrick that everything she did could have an impact on the campaign.”

The New Orleans Times Picayune says Broaddrick says “that just weeks after the incident, Hillary Clinton approached her at a political rally and appeared to thank her for her silence.”

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Broaddrick has said she is upset that Hillary Clinton tweeted the following in November 2015: “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported.”


Broaddrick Has Repeatedly Tweeted About the Rape Allegations in Recent Months

On Twitter, Broaddrick defines herself as “Retired RN and business owner. I love working outside, playing tennis and family time with my son and grandson.” Since Hillary started running for president, she has tweeted repeatedly about the rape allegations.

Last January, Broaddrick’s above tweet renewed interest in her old allegations.

She has also recently tweeted comments such as:

Broaddrick often makes overt political commentary in her tweets, backing the Donald Trump and Mike Pence ticket and criticizing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. She frequently retweets articles criticizing Clinton/Kaine and has raised questions about Hillary’s health. She has also said she was cyber bullied by Clinton supporters on Twitter. You can read more here:

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23 comments

  1. Just curious if Bill Clinton is running for President. Wait, let me google it. Oh, I hear he was President in the 1990s. Not running again.
    Just checked… nope.. it is not Bill Clinton on tape boasting of raping / sexually assaulting women.
    Just wondering, how many rape victims go raise funds for their own rapist 3 WEEKS after they (later) claim as the rape event date.

    • she has explicitly stated that if elected, her presidency would not only be a continuation of obama, but an extension of bill himself, as if they were ruling with her. so by association and complicity, she’s as guilty. some would arg that ever more, since she helped disappeared the evidence. bill doesn’t have to boast, he actually raped women. this is somewhat sim of what happened to weiner and abedin. they’d have split in order to save the grinding of the candidate, but billary chose to remain together; as a package. hence the valid ‘sacking’ of hellary into the same bag as billy…

      heavy.com/news/2016/08/huma-abedin-anthony-weiner-separation-divorce-sexting-scandal-marriage-son/

    • The issue isn’t Bill Clinton’s rape of the women, it’s HIllary’s response to it. The champion of women, the “every rape victim deserves to be believed” candidate, allegedly threatened the accusers and intimidated them so her ambitions were not thwarted.

      • The “threat” and ” intimidation” appears to consist of saying “Thank you” with a mean look on her face at a fund raiser for her alleged rapist some weeks later. None of this makes sense.

        • It’s common enough for rape victims to pretend it never happened, as Broaddrick did. Also worth noting that she was a public employee & Clinton the state AG.

    • So true was wondering same thing if she was so afraid why did she show back up! Then on top of said in sworn under oath was false! Why come out again and lie! “Paid for by chump trump”

    • This isn’t about Bill, this is about a candidate for President of the United States who claims to be the champion of women, yet who provided cover for a rapist. Not only did she provide cover for this rapist, she continues to provide cover for him to this day.

      • Where is the evidence that Hillary “provided cover” or even Knew about any of Bill’s misdeeds, consensual or not?

        To be honest, I believe Broaddrick *until* she says that Hillary “threatened her”, based on Hillary’s stopping smiling.

        IMO, here i am, I’m Hillary, I know Bill’s a bit of a cad and I’m thanking this woman and she won’t even look me in the eye. My first thought would be “wtf are you hiding from me, lady?”.

        We also know that Bill didn’t tell Hillary about his affairs, which is the main reason he didn’t want to admit to the Lewinsky affair – he didn’t want Hillary finding out. Do you think he would have told her about Broaddrick? Unlikely.

        • To clarify, I believe her about Bill. I don’t believe Hillary threatened her. I believe she might think so, but my theory why Hillary didn’t smile seems more rooted in common sense.

    • You think you sound so clever saying Bill isn’t running in the obnoxious way you have but you are just signaling to others your completely moronic level of ignorance. When Bill was president, Hilary had an office on the second floor of the west wing, something unprecedented among first ladies. Hilary had Bill hire a bunch of her friends and peers and had continuous input in his decisions and you think it’s not going to be the same but in reverse if Hilary got elected? They come as a team you ignorant imbecile.

  2. I don’t know if she was raped or not. But I do seriously doubt anyone leaves a coffee shop and goes up to a hotel room in 1978 for “a coffee”.

  3. I believe that she was probably raped. It’s the “threats and intimidation” part of her story that doesn’t hold up. Since when is a handshake and a “thank you for all you do” a threat? And since when was Bill forthcoming with Hillary about his extramarital affairs that she knew about them 3 weeks later? Also, why was there no mention of Hillary’s “intimidation” when she first came forward with the allegations in 1998? I think this person has been taken up by the hard right and bent to their will. If you look at her twitter account, she has been retweeting crazy conspiracy sites like “zerohedge.” I want to believe sexual assault survivors, but she’s almost more angry at Hillary than she ever was at Bill, which is just bizarre.

  4. I’m curious. Why would JB attend a rally for a man who she claims has just raped her? If that was me I’d go as far away as possible.

    • Also, why would a grown married woman think going back to a hotel room alone with a man would be a wise decision. If she was so visibly hurt that others saw it, including her lover, what did she tell her husband when he saw her like that? She said she never came forward because she didn’t want him to find out, but how do you hide the physical damage, including the biting on the lip?

    • In this context it means that they haunt you if people keep asking you about something that never took place. The questions and reporters keep coming back to haunt you.

  5. Not saying it happened or not, but if she lied in a sworn affidavit how can we believe her now. If something happened to you, you should not lie, especially in a sworn affidavit. It makes everything you say afterwards unbelievable. I could understand if she was mentally impaired, tricked or very young when she signed the sworn statement, but none of these seem to be the case.

  6. It really appears to me that Bill Clinton raped this woman. That coupled with the massive power dynamic he took advantage of with Monica Lewinsky (who was 19 at the time) is pretty damning. However, I think the same goes for Donald Trump. It’s disingenuous to believe one side and not the other because you happen to support or hate one of the campaigns. That said, I’m voting Hillary. Regardless of her Bill Clinton shaped baggage, she’s so obviously the candidate in this race that is willing to do the hard work toward leading our country to a future where men won’t be able to get away with these disturbing, violent acts against women. Her opponent, on the other hand, told us in no uncertain terms how he values women, and his accusers are to be believed as well.