WASHINGTON - Former US President Bill Clinton is facing explosive new claims of sexual assault, according to top-level Democratic Party officials and the author of several bestselling books on the 42nd American president.
Edward Klein, former New York Times Magazine editor and the author of numerous bestsellers including his fourth book on the Clintons, Guilty as Sin, in 2016, said on Monday that Clinton is facing four separate lawsuits from women who claim he assaulted them when they were teenagers.
The women are now launching legal proceedings and are asking for cash to keep their silence, claimed Klein, whose latest book is All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump. The book was released on October 30, 2017.
A member of the 71-year-old former president’s legal team has confirmed the existence of the claims, which stem from the period after Clinton left the White House in 2001.
The women accused Clinton of assaulting them when they were working in low-level jobs for billionaire investor Ron Burkle. Clinton was hired by Burkle to generate business. It is not clear whether the billionaire was aware of the alleged assaults.
The women will go public with their accusations if the legal negotiations fail, Mail Online reported quoting senior Democratic Party sources.
“Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again,” said a Democratic Party official familiar with the case.
“He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud.”
The fresh allegations will revive memories of Clinton’s notorious extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while he was still in office, and of previous charges of sexual assault against him.