I understand the nature of rape leads many victims to not report their attacks. I also understand that there's no standard behavior exhibited by
victims of sexual assault. I fully appreciate and acknowledge these two things.
With that said, I know I'm playing with fire here but to hell with it — I don't believe Juanita Broaddrick.
There's absolutely no evidence beyond her own words that she was raped by Bill Clinton and so it comes down to who you believe. There might be a "bil"
in credibility but their ain't no "Bill" so it's understandable that even outside of the context of partisan politics and this election, people are
not inclined to give Bill Clinton the benefit of the doubt.
However, there are several things that bother me about Juanita Broaddrick and her story. Some of them might be petty/off base, others I believe are
harder to ignore.
The 1998 avadit filed with the Paula Jones's lawyers (as "Jane Doe #5").
Full text here
2. In November of 1997, two private investigators retained by Paula Corbin Jones approached me at my residence. I declined to speak with them,
but provided the name of my family attorney. I subsequently was served with a subpoena seeking the production of documents and purporting to require
my testimony at a deposition in the civil action between Paula Corbin Jones and President William Jefferson Clinton (Civil Action No. LR-C-94-290). I
have never met Ms. Jones, nor do I have any information regarding the allegations that she has advanced against President Clinton. In this regard, I
have no knowledge or information regarding the events she has alleged occurred on May 8, 1991 at the Excelsior Hotel or, for that matter, any
knowledge or information regarding any interaction between herself and Mr. Clinton.
4. 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
Three weeks after the alleged rape, Broaddrick attended a small private Clinton fundraiser at the home of a local dentist. When asked why she
would do this she said she was still in a state of shock and denial and felt that she might have in some way led Bill Clinton on (
statements by Broaddrick
). It was at this event
that she's claiming Hillary Clinton said to her:
"‘I just want you to know how much Bill and I appreciate the things you do for him" "Do you understand? Everything you do"
Which she now says she took to mean that HRC was covering up for Bill and that she was expected to do the same. My opinion? It doesn't ring true.
Unlike with a workplace, school, home, church, etc — this wasn't the sort of setting she couldn't avoid or even an event she would have been
expected to be at. She says she was in a state of denial but she also says that right after the alleged rape, she told Norma Kelsey (now Rogers), the
friend she was sharing the hotel room immediately after it happened
) — as in that same
day, within minutes of it happening. In fact, the claim is that she told 5 people in the immediate aftermath. Another being David Broaddrick who
claims she told him what happened after he questioned her about her swollen lip. This just doesn't add up to me. She's telling her best friend, she's
telling her lover, she's telling other people and yet she's in such a state of denial that she goes out of her way to attend a private fundraiser for
her alleged rapist a few weeks later?
A new wrinkle in the story is that she is claiming Bill Clinton called her at the nursing home for six months following the alleged rape.
AFAIK, this is a detail that has only emerged as of January of this year. Where's the proof that this ever happened? Why is this detail just emerging
She changed her story from nothing happened to she was raped after Ken Starr approached her and granted her immunity from prosecution for
allegedly lying under oath in her sworn affidavit and deposition. Ken Starr found her claim inconclusive and didn't include it in his report
though he allowed Republican politicians to hear her statements.
Her corroborating witnesses have... problems. The first person she allegedly told about the incident — immediately after it happened —
was Norma Kelsey/Rogers as I said above. Another of the witnesses is Norma's sister Jean Darden. The father of these two women was killed by a man
whose life sentence was commuted by the Governor Clinton.
The third witness was David Broaddrick, her now husband, who she was cheating on her then husband with. It bears mention that her then husband, Gary
Hickey, has no recollection of her injuries and has stated that she said nothing to him at the time. However, interestingly, a year later in their
divorce proceedings, she claimed that Hickey had struck her in the mouth. (source
I admittedly don't know much about the other two witnesses who say she told them about it at the time, Susan Lewis and Louis Ma.
The following year, in 1979, Juanita Broaddrick accepted an appointment by Clinton to the state's Nursing Home Advisory Board. In the Lisa
Myers, she was asked, "Did you have reservations about accepting any appointment by Governor Clinton?" Her response? "Yes, but I had more or less said
to the association that I would do this before I knew it was a governor appointing job. When I agreed to do it I had no idea it was an
In 1984, Broaddrick received a letter from Bill Clinton when her nursing home was named one of the best in the state. At the bottom of the
letter was a handwritten note from Clinton which read "I admire you very much" which she now claims she construed as a "thank you" for covering up for
In 1991, she claims to have run into Clinton at a Nursing home industry meeting in Little Rock. Broaddrick claims Bill Clinton came up to her
and immediately started apologizing profusely. She claims she told him to go to hell and walked off. She couldn't remember when this meeting took
place and neither could her corraborating witness, Norma Rogers.
Speaking of dates. She seems to have a flawless memory when it comes to everything but dates. Neither her nor her witness could remember even
the month of the alleged rape but they all remember everything else in striking detail.
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