Gennifer Flowers claimed that she had a 12-year relationship with President Bill Clinton, who did later admit to having a one-time affair with her. The 66-year-old Flowers came back into the spotlight in the days before the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton after Trump threatened to have Flowers sit next to Mark Cuban at the debate.
Flowers, who the Trump campaign said was not invited, said she would like to be there to support Trump. Here’s a look at Flowers’ life.
1. Bill Clinton Did Admit to an Affair With Flowers After Denying it During the 1992 Presidential Campaign
In March 1998, the lawyers for Paula Corbin Jones released over 600 pages of court documents in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton. The documents included statements from Flowers. In her statement, Flowers said, under oath, that she met Clinton in 1977, when she was a KARK-TV reporter in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Shortly after we met, we began a sexual relationship that lasted for twelve years,” she said.
Flowers claimed that even after she moved out of Arkansas, they continued their relationship. When she came back to Little Rock, he suggested she get an apartment at a high-rise building in Little Rock and they continued their relationship, Flowers said.
Flowers also explained that in early 1990, Clinton helped her get a job working for the state and learned that another woman complained that she was more qualified for the position. The woman accused her of having an affair with Clinton. She said that Clinton told her to deny their affair, and to continue to do so during the Democratic Presidential nomination campaign.
As the New York Times reported at the time, Clinton did admit in a deposition that he had an affair with Flowers, although he had denied that in a 60 Minutes interview. However, Clinton said they only had sex once, in 1977.
In November 1998, Clinton settled the Jones lawsuit, agreeing to pay Jones $850,000.
On October 28, Flowers gave an interview to Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, in which she called Hillary Clinton an enabler. Flowers said:
She has been the enabler. And I know that the word enabler has been used in reference to enabling drug addicts and alcoholics and that sort of thing. But I actually used that term some time back that she was the enabler that really allowed him to go on and do what he did in a variety of forms to women. She never held him responsible. It was always the fault of the women. Even in the case of Monica Lewinsky.
2. Flowers Admitted That She Made $500,000 in the Early ’90s by Publicizing the Scandal
Flowers said in a November 1997 deposition that she earned at least $500,000 during the early 1990s by publicizing her claims of an affair with Clinton. The New York Times reported in 1998 that Flowers told Clinton attorney Robert S. Bennett that she made $150,000 from talking to the tabloid The Star and $250,000 from posing nude for Penthouse.
She said she also earned $25,000 to appear on the show A Current Affair, $15,000 to appear on a show in Spain, at least $5,000 to make an appearance on German TV and a few hundred dollars to play a Marilyn Monroe lookalike on cable.
“Is it fair to say that you’ve earned more than a half a million dollars through the sale of your story about your alleged affair between yourself and Mr. Clinton?” Bennett asked Flowers.
“Is that what that totals that I’ve given you?” Flowers replied, adding that she did not have the exact numbers with her.
In 1995, she also wrote the book Passion and Betrayal,
3. Flowers Sued George Stephanopoulos & James Carville for Defamation & Later Added Hillary Clinton as a Defendant
After Clinton denied having an affair with Flowers on 60 Minutes, Flowers played secretly-made recordings of phone conversations with Clinton during a press conference. In 1999, Flowers sued James Carville and George Stephanopolous for defamation because they said that the tapes were doctored. The two continued to say that they were doctored in subsequent interviews.
As Reuters reported in November 2002, the lawsuit was revived when a judge ruled that Carville and Stephanopoulos’ comments about the tapes being doctored could be considered defamatory even if they were just repeating reports about them allegedly being edited.
When the lawsuit was revived in 2002 by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court, Flowers added Hillary Clinton as a defendant, claiming that she was in on the “conspiracy” to smear her name.
In 2006, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court judges dismissed the lawsuit.
“It’s unfortunate that the politically powerful are too often protected by the courts,” Tom Fitton, who was representing Flowers in the case, said at the time. “To be in court against Hillary Clinton is tough.”
Fitton is the president of the conservative Judicial Watch.
4. Flowers Starred in the Off-Broadway Musical ‘Boobs! The Musical’
After Clinton left office, Flowers tried her hand at performing and ran a cabaret club in New Orleans. In 2004, Playbill reported that she was cast in the off-Broadway play Boobs! The Musical, which featured songs by Ruth Wallis.
“The songs are really pretty clean,” producer/choregorapher Lawrence Leritz told Playbill. “When people ask about buying tickets, they ask if there’s any cussing. I say, ‘No, all the dirtiness is in your mind.’ It totally plays to a huge audience. We have 20-year-olds on dates and we have senior citizens who have Ruth Wallis records in their attic.”
In 2008, she auctioned off the secretly-recorded tapes of Clinton.
She now has her own website, where you can book her for speaking engagements and order autographed copies of Passion and Betrayal. She also sells copies of her album, Gennifer Flowers Sings For You.
5. The Trump Campaign Says They Did Not Really Invite Flowers to the Debate
Despite Trump’s Twitter threat to have Flowers at Hofstra University, Indiana Governor and Trum’s running mate Mike Pence told Fox News that she is not going to be at the debate. Pence said that Trump’s tweet was meant “to mock an effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to really distract attention from where the people — the American people are going to be focused tomorrow night, which is on the issues, it’s on the choice that we face.”
“We have not invited her formally, and we do not expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN.
Flowers sounded excited to go, though. “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!” she tweeted.
She also wrote, “I really feel sorry for the haters! Please get informed so that you don’t make such a fool of yourself!”