Clinton Denies Propositioning Paula Jones
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, July 3) -- President Bill Clinton answered Paula Jones' sexual harassment suit on Thursday, "adamantly" denying her claim that he made a crude sexual overture to her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991, when he was governor.
In a court filing, the president said he did not recall ever meeting Ms. Jones and denied all of the allegation set forth in her federal lawsuit, which she filed in May 1994. Jones has said that Clinton exposed himself to her.
The filing came on the eve of the long 4th of July weekend, when there would be less public attention.
The president had sought to delay action in Jones' lawsuit until after he leaves office in January 2001, but the U.S. Supreme Court in May ruled that the case could proceed normally.
In the filing, the president and his lawyers seek dismissal of the case, arguing that Jones' complaint fails to allege actions that could be construed as sexual harassment; fails to illustrate that he violated her equal protection rights under the Constitution; and fails to allege "essential elements" of a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.