Paula Jones Says She Felt
By Peter Baker
Stalked by State Police
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 27, 1997; Page A09
Paula Corbin Jones alleged in court papers filed today that she was the victim of "stalking" by Arkansas law enforcement agents after rebuffing what she has described as a crude proposition by then-Gov. Bill Clinton in 1991.
Jones, who was then a low-level state government clerk, said that after she turned down Clinton's request for sex in a Little Rock hotel suite, she discovered her personal life was being investigated and concluded she was being "watched and/or followed" in an attempt to punish her or pressure her into changing her mind.
"As a result of that incident, and the subsequent contacts between me and Mr. Clinton or members of his security detail, I felt frightened and as if I was being stalked," she said.
The allegations were included in Jones's first response to written interrogatories by Clinton's lawyers as the evidence-gathering phase of the three-year-old lawsuit finally gets underway in earnest. Yet Jones offered few details in the documents to back up her claims of stalking, such as names, dates, places or circumstances of specific actions taken by the state troopers who guarded Clinton in Arkansas.
Clinton did not respond to Jones's statements in the papers filed in U.S. District Court here and his chief lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, was traveling and could not be reached for comment.
However, a source close to the president's camp suggested Jones was recasting her story in more drastic terms to try to demonstrate to the court that she suffered harm at Clinton's hands. "This is a new label in a desperate attempt to state a cause of action," this source said.
The Jones answers were included as attachments to a motion submitted by Clinton asking the court to force her to produce documents that she has withheld. Most important, the president's lawyers want Jones to turn over an affidavit detailing the "distinguishing characteristics" she says she saw on his body when he lowered his pants during their alleged encounter at a state government conference at the Excelsior Hotel.
The affidavit could be one of the most critical not to mention lurid elements in the case. Clinton's lawyers complained that they first asked for a copy of it in July and were entitled to it in 30 days under court rules. Although they granted her an extension until earlier this week, the lawyers said Jones "merely indicates that she will make certain responsive documents available at some unspecified time and place."
Jones's two main attorneys recently quit her case, citing differences over strategy. William McMillan, the husband of Jones's friend, Susan Carpenter-McMillan, represented her in abortive settlement negotiations recently but she is still looking for a permanent lawyer.
In trying to demonstrate that she suffered as a result of meeting Clinton, Jones said she believes the governor communicated his unhappiness through state government and that "justified the stalking I experienced and . . . also justified other [kinds] of work-related punishment."
Through two years in state government, she said, she never received a raise, was discouraged from seeking promotions and was "ostracized by the people with whom I worked in purely emotional ways." As an example, she said, "I was singled out on Secretaries Day as the only person at my level not given flowers. Even the accountant got flowers." She also said she was moved out of her job and made into "just a gopher" after returning from six weeks of maternity leave.
Jones said she never consulted a psychologist or psychiatrist to cope with any emotional suffering. "My only counselors," she said, "are the Lord, my husband and my mother. (The Lord is helpful, but my husband can talk back.)"
Staff researcher Nathan Abse contributed to this report.
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