Jones Wants $2 Million, Apology To Settle
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 12) -- Paula Jones now says she's willing to settle her suit against President Bill Clinton for $2 million and an apology, according to this morning's Washington Post.
The amount dwarfs the $525,000 for which Jones is actually suing Clinton, and dims chances for an out-of-court settlement.
"In every case of civil litigation, every party has a moral duty of working toward a settlement," James. A. Fisher, one of Mrs. Jones' attorneys, told the Post. "We have been falsely accused of taking the case with the purpose of trying it under any circumstances, and that's not true."
Jones alleges that in 1991, when Clinton was governor of Arkansas and she was a state employee, Clinton exposed himself and asked for oral sex. She is suing for $525,000.
In her complaint, which was recently modified, Jones alleges that Clinton granted raises and promotions to female employees who submitted to his sexual advances.
Clinton denies Jones' allegations and says he does not recall meeting her.
The president is scheduled to give a deposition in the matter on Saturday; the case is slated to go to trial May 27 if it's not settled beforehand.