Of the numerous women who have come forward to accuse former president Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, the case of Kathleen Willey might be the most disturbing. Willey, who was a volunteer member of Bill Clinton’s staff and a close personal friend of the former Arkansas Governor, claims she was sexually assaulted by Clinton in November of 1993.
According to Willey’s account of the events, it all began when she and her husband ran into financial difficulties earlier that year. With her spouse facing possible jail time, she turned to Clinton for help.
Willey asked to see Clinton and a meeting was arranged in the White House. Shortly after she arrived, the two retired to the president’s private study.
“I told him what was going on and I just said we’re in deep financial trouble,” Willey recalled on Monday’s Sean Hannity Show. Willey says she sought assistance from the president in the form of employment. “I need a job and I’m asking you for help.”
It was shortly after the desperate Willey made her overture to the president that the alleged assault occurred.
“The next thing I knew he had me backed into a corner, all over me, whispering in my ear,” she told Sean.
Willey was shocked.
“You don’t know what to do. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘what in the world is he doing?'”
“He assaulted you?” Sean asked. “He did what?”
“His hands up my skirt, he put my hand on his crotch, he had his hands on my breasts, his hands were all over me,” Willey responded. She added that Clinton whispered in her ear, “I’ve been wanting to do this since the first time I saw you.”
During the encounter, Willey claims Clinton’s aid Andrew Friendly began banging on the door to the study, shouting to the president that he had other meetings to attend and people waiting on him. She hoped in vain that the interruption would cause Clinton to stop his assault.
“He totally ignored it,” Willey lamented. “He really had me overpowered. He’s a big man and I’m not. I’m short. I’m little. I’m 5’3″ on a good day.”
Willey says that although the encounter seemed to last forever, it all occurred in a matter of minutes.
Willey, whose story is just one of many, compared her experience to those of other victims including Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick. The allegations made by Willey are indeed consistent with a long train of alleged abuses by the former president, beginning with his time as a student through his time as President of the Untied States.
Listen to Kathleen Willey describe her encounter with then-president Bill Clinton on The Sean Hannity Show: