Leslie Millwee is accusing Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her in 1980, with the Arkansas news reporter stepping into the spotlight with new claims against the former president in a potential counter to an increasing scandal surrounding Donald Trump.
While a number of women have come forward to accuse Trump of acting in a sexually inappropriate manner, Breitbart News just revealed a new woman making strikingly similar allegations against Bill Clinton. The extensive report on Leslie Millwee was published early on Wednesday and her allegations against Clinton have gone viral in just a few hours, leading many people to dig up some background including pictures and video of the new Clinton accuser.
In the report, Millwee claimed that Clinton assaulted her on three separate occasions in 1980 but that she remained silent, afraid she would not be believed. Millwee added that she thought about coming forward in 1998, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke but decided against the negative attention it would bring to her and her family.
At the time of the alleged assaults, Leslie Millwee was a television news reporter who worked closely with Bill Clinton.
“[H]e followed me into an editing room,” she claimed. “The first time I remember. That it was very small. There was a chair. I was sitting in a chair. He came up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts. And I was just stunned. I froze. I asked him to stop. He laughed.”
The report included quotes from several friends and close associates who confirmed that Leslie Millwee had discussed her allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton for years before coming forward. She grew more vocal in the late 1990s, when Clinton was caught up in a very public sex scandal.
The allegations against Bill Clinton come as a growing scandal has surrounded Donald Trump’s campaign. After the release of a 2005 Access Hollywood video in which Trump appeared to brag about sexually assaulting women, a number of women have come forward to accuse him of doing just that.
While the Trump campaign and his surrogates have denied the charges and even accused the women of making up the allegations as a political ploy, there is growing evidence that at least some of these women have made the accusations for years.
That was the case with People magazine reporter Natasha Stonyoff, who claimed that Trump tried to force himself on her when she was visiting his home to write a story about his one-year anniversary with wife Melania. Trump has denied the charges and Melania publicly denied an encounter that Stonyoff claimed took place months after the assault.
But People magazine this week published an account from six people who backed up Stonyoff’s claims, saying that she told them about the alleged assault immediately after it happened.
There was some speculation on Wednesday that Donald Trump could make Leslie Millwee a surprise guest for the third and final presidential debate. In the second debate, Trump invited a group of women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault in what appeared to be an attack on Hillary Clinton for denouncing the accusers years ago.
But there is also some skepticism about the sexual assault allegations from Leslie Millwee. While the story itself was well-sourced and included interviews with witnesses who backed up the fact that she made the allegations years before, there are questions about the ability of Breitbart News to remain objective. Donald Trump has hired the news outlet’s president, Steven Bannon, to be his campaign CEO, and the news outlet has been consistently friendly to Trump and his campaign.
Full video of Leslie Millwee and her sexual assault allegations against Bill Clinton can be seen here.
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