President Clinton sued in rape case
Dec. 21, 1999: Juanita Broaddrick, the Arkansas woman who told a nationwide television audience she was raped by Bill Clinton, filed suit, accusing the president's office and Justice Department of conducting a campaign to "smear and destroy her reputation."
The civil suit, filed in U.S. District Court, was the first legal action Broaddrick had taken since she was interviewed by NBC News earlier in the year regarding her allegations of sexual assault. Broaddrick charged Clinton raped her while serving as Arkansas attorney general in 1978.
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The Broaddrick allegation even entered the presidential election race as Vice President Al Gore was questioned by a New Hampshire resident on national television about his view of the charge. Gore spent several uncomfortable minutes trying to answer the question – claiming not to have seen the NBC News interview.
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