Paula Jones biography
SynopsisPaula Jones, former Arkansas state employee, is best known for suing U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment that took place during his tenure as governor of Arkansas. Jones' lawsuit was thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright who ruled that the claims could did not constitute sexual harassment. An appeal was filed and Clinton settled in 1998 for an estimated $850,000.
In February 1994, Paula Jones publicly accused President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. Jones claimed that the incident occurred in May 1991 when she was a state employee of Arkansas during Clinton's tenure as governor of the state. Although she received little initial attention from the mainstream press, Jones, who claimed that she waited two years to make the charge because she feared not being believed, was soon supported by Clinton's political opponents. The Supreme Court decided that Clinton could not postpone the suit until he was out of office, but on April 1, 1998, Jones's case was thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright, who ruled that even if Jones' claims were true, they did not constitute sexual assault or harassment according to the law. Jones filed an appeal of Wright's decision in April 1998 and finally settled with Clinton in November 1998 for an estimated $850,000. The national media was first presented with the president's involvement with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky when she was subpoenaed by Jones' attorneys in December 1997.