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article imageOp-Ed: Bill Clinton Faces New Rumors and Innuendo

By Mr Garibaldi     Jun 7, 2008 in Politics
As Hillary Clinton brings her campaign for the Presidency to a close, attention turns once again back to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. And yes, it's regarding rumors of yet another affair.
Vanity Fair magazine is the center of controversy once again, this time not involving photographs of Miley Cyrus.
The controversy this time stems from an article regarding an alleged affair between former President Bill Clinton and actress Gina Gershon.
The Vanity Fair article released this week suggests Clinton is out of control and “seeing a lot of women on the road.”
In the article, Todd Purdum wrote, “Over the last few years, aides have winced … at more recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California.”
Both Clinton and Gershon have admittedly denied the allegations.
Denial, however, has been a keystone in the Clinton legacy, as his initial denials of an affair with then White House intern Monica Lewinski, who was merely one in a seemingly growiing list of women with whom Clinton has had "relationships" with through the years, some more than consensual, casual flings, according to some of the women Clinton has been involved with.
Eileen Wellstone, 19-year-old English woman who said Clinton sexually assaulted her after she met him at a pub near the Oxford where the future President was a student in 1969. A retired State Department employee, who asked not to be identified, confirmed that he spoke with the family of the girl and filed a report with his superiors. Clinton admitted having sex with the girl, but claimed it was consensual. The victim's family declined to pursue the case;
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;
(Juanita) Broaddrick, a volunteer in Clinton's gubernatorial campaign, said he raped her in 1978. Mrs. Broaddrick suffered a bruised and torn lip, which she said she suffered when Clinton bit her during the rape;
From 1978-1980, during Clinton's first term as governor of Arkansas, state troopers assigned to protect the governor were aware of at least seven complaints from women who said Clinton forced, or attempted to force, himself on them sexually. One retired state trooper said in an interview that the common joke among those assigned to protect Clinton was "who's next?". One former state trooper said other troopers would often escort women to the governor's hotel room after political events, often more than one an evening;
Carolyn Moffet, a legal secretary in Little Rock in 1979, said she met then-governor Clinton at a political fundraiser and shortly thereafter received an invitation to meet the governor in his hotel room. "I was escorted there by a state trooper. When I went in, he was sitting on a couch, wearing only an undershirt. He pointed at his penis and told me to suck it. I told him I didn't even do that for my boyfriend and he got mad, grabbed my head and shoved it into his lap. I pulled away from him and ran out of the room."
Elizabeth Ward, the Miss Arkansas who won the Miss America crown in 1982, told friends she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him shortly after she won her state crown. Last year, Ward, who is now married with the last name of Gracen (from her first marriage), told an interviewer she did have sex with Clinton but said it was consensual. Close friends of Ward, however, say she still maintains privately that Clinton forced himself on her.
Paula Corbin, an Arkansas state worker, filed a sexual harassment case against Clinton after an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room where the then-governor exposed himself and demanded oral sex. Clinton settled the case with Jones recently with an $850,000 cash payment.
Sandra Allen James, a former Washington, DC, political fundraiser says Presidential candidate-to-be Clinton invited her to his hotel room during a political trip to the nation's capital in 1991, pinned her against the wall and stuck his hand up her dress. She says she screamed loud enough for the Arkansas State Trooper stationed outside the hotel suite to bang on the door and ask if everything was all right, at which point Clinton released her and she fled the room. When she reported the incident to her boss, he advised her to keep her mouth shut if she wanted to keep working. Miss James has since married and left Washington. Reached at her home last week, the former Miss James said she later learned that other women suffered the same fate at Clinton's hands when he was in Washington during his Presidential run.
Christy Zercher, a flight attendant on Clinton's leased campaign plane in 1992, says Presidential candidate Clinton exposed himself to her, grabbed her breasts and made explicit remarks about oral sex. A video shot on board the plane by ABC News shows an obviously inebriated Clinton with his hand between another young flight attendant's legs. Zercher said later in an interview that White House attorney Bruce Lindsey tried to pressure her into not going public about the assault.
Kathleen Willey, a White House volunteer, reported that Clinton grabbed her, fondled her breast and pressed her hand against his genitals during an Oval Office meeting in November, 1993. Willey, who told her story in a 60 Minutes interview, became a target of a White House-directed smear campaign after she went public.
Does Vanity Fair have justification in standing by it's story, and are the denials of Clinton and Gershon plausible? Time will tell. Given Clinton's history, however, a line from Shakespeare does come to mind in examining this situation, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Typical when it comes to Bill Clinton denying allegations of an affair.
Perhaps at some point later we will know to what extent the influence of Bill had on Hillary's campaign bid for the Presidency. It is certain that the thought's of Bill Clinton being back in the White House in any capacity played some role in recent elections. Also there is the question of the influence of the Clinton machine after this election cycle with Hillary having retired her campaign in favor of Barack Hussien Obama. Speculation in some circles has been, of late, that the Clinton influence no longer has the power that it once did. There can only be speculation at this point as to why, exactly, that this is the case.
One thing is for certain, however; Gina Gershon is a name that will now, whether there was or was not an affair, be associated with Bill Clinton.
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