Jones v. Clinton
When a federal judge threw out Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton, the president's supporters celebrated. But it may have been premature. A teary-eye Jones, flanked by her attorneys and husband, announced April 16 she would appeal the ruling, meaning the four-year-old case isn't over yet.
Jones said she was shocked at the dismissal "because I believed that what Mr. Clinton did to me was wrong and that the law protects women who are subjected to that kind of abuse of power."
Jones kept quiet for more than two years about what she says happened on May 8, 1991. She was afraid, she said, that nobody would believe her story that Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, noticed her at a desk in the lobby of the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, where she was handing out name tags for a conference, and had a state trooper bring her to a private room. There, she claimed, Clinton made a crude request for oral sex, in the process giving her a look at what she would later call the "distinguishing characteristics" of his genital area.