Clinton to Jones: The check's in the mailJanuary 13, 1999
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WASHINGTON (January 13) -- A check for $850,000 was on its way Wednesday to an attorney for Paula Jones, officially ending the sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
"This ends it," a White House official said. "The check is being Fed-Exed" to lawyer Bill McMillan.
Jones sued Clinton four years ago, charging that he made an improper advance toward her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991, while he was governor of Arkansas. Clinton denied the allegations, along with claims that he had "sexual relations" with Monica Lewinsky, when he testified in the lawsuit on January 17, 1998.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed Jones' lawsuit on April 1, 1998, contending that Jones' claims, even if proven true, did not amount to sexual harassment.
But by that time, Independent Counsel Ken Starr had been permitted to investigate whether or not the president had lied during his testimony, trying to cover up his affair with Lewinsky.
Jones' appeal of Wright's decision was pending last November when her attorneys and the president's hammered out a settlement. Jones was to receive $850,000 in return for dropping the lawsuit. Clinton did not admit any wrong-doing, nor did he apologize for his actions, one of Jones' original demands.
Jones won't be seeing all the money sent to her by Clinton -- she still must pay attorney fees, including a claim by two lawyers who quit her case last year.
Sources inside the White House said $375,000 of the settlement came from Clinton's personal accounts, and the remaining $475,000 was paid by an insurance company. None of the money came from his legal defense fund, set up to pay the president's legal bills.
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