The Arkansas woman whose alleged rape as a 12-year-old girl in 1975 was thrust back into the news this week when decades-old tapes surfaced of Hillary Clinton discussing her defense of the suspect in the case has broken her silence.
Her verdict: Hillary doesn’t deserve her reputation as a champion of women and girls – and she doesn’t deserve to be president of the United States.
“Hillary Clinton took me through hell,” the woman said, according to an interview published on the Daily Beast website. She was not identified in the article.
Interest in the rape case resurfaced after the Washington Free Beacon on Sunday published audiotapes of Clinton discussing it during a magazine interview in the 1980s. On the tapes, Clinton is heard laughing as she describes how she got her client’s charge reduced from first-degree rape to a misdemeanor because the prosecution’s crime lab had mishandled key evidence that could have proved the man’s guilt.
Clinton was an appointed public defender in the case, so she was obligated professionally to represent the man, one of two accused of raping the girl after getting her drunk. However, Clinton makes it clear on the tape that she was convinced the man committed the crime, noting with evident glee (and a truly weird Southern accent) that he took a lie detector test and passed it, “which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
The defendant died in 1992.
The Free Beacon article also described how Clinton undermined the victim’s version of events by painting her in a affidavit as an unstable young girl with an attraction to older men and a history of lying about physical attacks.
In the Daily Beast interview, the woman’s resentment at Clinton’s tactics comes through as still raw:
“I would say [to Clinton], ‘You took a case of mine in ’75, you lied on me… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I hear you on tape laughing.”
The woman said Clinton’s handling of the case almost 40 years ago makes a lie of her efforts to portray herself as defender of women’s rights since then.
“I think she wants to be a role model being who she is, to look good, but I don’t think she’s a role model at all,” the woman told the Daily Beast. “If she had have been, she would have helped me at the time, being a 12-year-old girl who was raped by two guys.
“She did that to look good and she told lies on that. How many other lies has she told to get where she’s at today? If she becomes president, is she gonna be telling the world the truth? No. She’s going to be telling lies out there, what the world wants to hear.”
You can hear Clinton’s version of the story here:
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