(ZH) In a stunning revelation that could leave an indelible stain on the Clintons’ political legacy and possibly quash Hillary Clinton’s dreams of running for president again in 2020, the Daily Mail is reporting that four women have shared their accounts of being sexually assaulted by Clinton in a new book written by former New York Times editor Ed Klein that will hit shelves later this week.
According to the mail, the women allege the former president assaulted them in the early 2000s, when Clinton was working with playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle. Clinton and Burkle used to travel together on Burkle’s private jet, which earned the reprehensible nickname “Air F*** One”. All of the women are former employees of Burkle who said Clinton took advantage of his power over them.
Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual assault from four women, according to highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
The current accusations against the 71-year-old former president — whose past is littered with charges of sexual misconduct — stem from the period after he left the White House in 2001, say the sources.
Attorneys representing the women, who are coordinating their efforts, have notified Clinton they are preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him.
As part of the ongoing negotiations, the attorneys for the women are asking for substantial payouts in return for their clients’ silence.
A member of Clinton’s legal team has confirmed the existence of the new allegations.
Two days ago, the Washington Post reported that the torrent of abuse allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, finance, tech and politics has revived scrutiny into allegations of sexual abuse that have surrounded Clinton since his days in the Arkansas governor’s mansion. A growing number of Democrats now say they were wrong to have so vigorously defended the former president against allegations ranging from groping to rape.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) — Hillary Clinton’s successor as senator from New York, a staunch backer of her presidential campaign and a talked-about presidential possibility — was the first big-name Clinton ally to speak out, telling the New York Times that by today’s standards, the “appropriate response” for Clinton would have been to resign the presidency when his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was revealed in 1998. In response, Gillibrand was viciously attacked as a hypocrite by several Clinton toadies.
The women plan to file a lawsuit against the former president. Of course, this isn’t the first time Clinton has been sued for sexual misconduct. Back in the late 1990s, Clinton paid $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit by Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee whose case led to Clinton’s impeachment in the House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal by the Senate in 1999. Several senior Democratic party sources confirmed the allegations with Klein, and also confirmed that negotiations about a possible settlement with the women had reached “a critical stage.”
If they fail to reach a settlement, one source told the Mail that the women plan to hold a press conference to share their stories, a media event that would undoubtedly make Clinton the most high-profile figure in the long list of men from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey who’ve been felled by the widening scandal.
To be sure, Clinton is unlikely to face criminal charges because the assaults allegedly took place more than 10 years ago, beyond the reach of statues of limitations in many states.
The new allegations refer to incidents that took place more than 10 years ago, in the early 2000s, when Clinton was hired by Ron Burkle, the playboy billionaire investor, to work at his Yucaipa companies.
Clinton helped Burkle generate business and flew around the world with a flock of beautiful young women on Burkle’s private jet, which was nicknamed ‘Air F**k One.’
The four women, who have not yet revealed their identities, were employed in low-level positions at the Burkle organization when they were in their late teens and claim they were sexually assaulted by the former president.
There is no evidence that Burkle knew anything about these alleged assaults by Clinton.
Contacted for a comment on the women’s allegations, a member of Clinton’s legal team said: ‘Obviously, I’m aware of [the allegations] but can’t talk about them.’
The list of women whom Clinton has allegedly assaulted includes not only Jones, but also Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and others. Clinton also famously had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
‘Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again,’ said a Democratic Party official who is familiar with the case.
‘He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud.’
The source added that Hillary Clinton is furious with her husband for getting entangled in yet another sexual scandal.
In a disturbing though unsurprising detail, Hillary reportedly offered to hire private detectives to dig up dirt on the women, but Bill Clinton’s attorneys persuaded her to not interfere. In the past Hillary has hired teams of detectives who managed to silence a number of women in Little Rock who had complaints about Bill’s unwanted sexual advances, the Mail reported.
But now Hillary admits there’s a different atmosphere in our culture about sexual harassment and it’s not possible to intimidate women into silence about charges once they make up their mind to speak up. Hillary wants to remain in the public eye as a leader of the resistance to Donald Trump and play a major role in politics for years to come, including possibly running for president again in 2020.
As the Mail pointed out, the Clintons haven’t lived as man and wife for many years.
‘She’s afraid this latest scandal could destroy the Clinton legacy and torpedo her plans.
‘The relationship between Bill and Hillary has been more of a business relationship for a number of years, except when it comes to their daughter and grandchildren.
‘They haven’t lived as man and wife for a number of years, mostly due to Bill’s running around with other women.
‘It became obvious years ago that even age wasn’t going to make Bill settle down and stop chasing women. Hillary has simply ignored it and lived her separate life.
‘Bill spends a great deal of his time in his penthouse apartment above the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
‘Hillary occasionally goes to Little Rock, but she refuses to stay in the apartment because she knows that’s his love nest.’
Unsurprisingly, the mainstream press haven’t caught on to the Clinton story yet. But given all the attention these types of allegations have received lately, we imagine CNN, the New York Times and their ilk won’t be able to ignore the story forever.