'Bill raped me and Hillary threatened me!' Trump unveils FOUR Clinton 'sex victims' just 90 minutes before the debate starts - to cast BOTH of them as sexual abusers
- Donald Trump hosted a brief photo-op with three women – Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones, who have accused Bill Clinton of sexually abusing, harassing and raping them
- A fourth woman, Kathy Shelton, said Hillary Clinton blamed her when she was a 12-year-old victim and the future first lady represented her rapist
- The move came as a counterpunch from Trump just two days after audio surfaced of him talking about sexual abuse of women in vulgar terms
- 'Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me,' Broaddrick said, 'and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don't think there's any comparison'
- Reporters in the photo-op ignored the women's stories and instead pressed Trump about whether he ever touched women without consent
- Paula Jones turned it back on them: 'Why don't y'all go ask Bill Clinton that?' she exclaimed. 'Go ahead, ask Hillary as well!'
- The four accusers took prime seats in the audience of the debate
Donald Trump took the gloves off 90 minutes before Sunday night's debate against Hillary Clinton, holding a meeting with four ghosts from Bill Clinton's sexual past – and letting a handful of unsympathetic reporters in to hear them speak.
Trump introduced his coalition of the willing – Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones – in St. Louis as a press pool snapped shutters and reporters shouted questions about a new audio recording of Trump saying vulgar things about women 11 years ago.
Broaddrick, an Arkansas nursing home administrator who has accused Bill Clinton of forcibly raping her when he was the state's attorney general, said that 'actions speak louder than words.'
'Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me. And Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don't think there's any comparison.'
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GHOSTS FROM THE CLINTONS' PAST: (L-R) Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Donald Trump, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones held a photo-op in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday before the second presidential debate
'BILL CLINTON RAPED ME': Juanita Broaddrick (left) appeared alongside Donald Trump to point an accusatory finger at the former president and blame his wife – Trump's opponent Hillary – for cowing her into silence
FRONT ROW SEATS: Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathy Shelton were given prominent seats by the Trump campaign
Escort: Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is a Trump adviser, led Kathy Shelton on to the venue
Shelton was raped at age 12 by a man whom Hillary Clinton defended in court. She has blamed the current Democratic presidential nominee for casting her as an unbalanced, untrustworthy child prone to sexual fantasies, and plea-bargaining her client down to a misdemeanor.
'At 12 years old Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through,' Shelton said.
'And she says she's for women and children. And she was asked last year what happened, and she said she's supposed to defend [clients] whether they did it or not. Now she's laughing on tape, saying she –'
Shelton, overcome with emotion, stopped speaking.
'You went through a lot,' Trump said.
'Yes sir, I did,' she answered.
Shelton joined Twitter on Saturday, and immediately started firing off messages targeting the Clintons.
'I may be Hillary Clinton’s 1st female victim. She ruined my life; defended my rapist & blamed me. I was 12 yrs old. Then she laughed at me,' one message read.
'I don’t care if Trump said gross things. I care that Hillary Clinton lied, terrorized, & mocked me, defending my rapist,' she added.
Jones, who won an $800,000 lawsuit settlement after accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, said she supported Trump: 'I think everybody else should vote for him ... he's a good person. He's not what other people have been saying he's being, like Hillary.'
And Willey, who pointed fingers at Bill Clinton for allegedly groping her in a room near the Oval Office, was also present as a Trump cheerleader.
BROKEN: Shelton (center) was 12 when a 41-year-old drifter raped her and put her in the hospital, and she has never forgiven Hillary Clinton for blaming her – the victim – in order to get her client a reduced sentenced
GO ASK HILLARY: Paula Jones challenged reporters to be as tough on the Clintons as they are on Donald Trump, drawing cheers and laughs from the Republican candidate's staffers
'The first day that he announced for president, he said I love this country and I want America to be great again,' she said of the Republican candidate.
Willey is a former fundraiser and White House volunteer who claims Bill Clinton groped her in the Oval Office in 1993.
She said she was having a private meeting with Clinton when the then-president tightly embraced her, kissed her on the mouth, grabbed her breast and put her hand on his crotch. "I just remember thinking, 'What in the world is he doing?'" Willey said. "I was just startled."
She told CBS she had sought a meeting with Clinton to ask for a paying job because her husband was having financial problems and facing legal troubles. As it turned out, her husband, Ed Willey, killed himself the day of the meeting, though neither Kathleen Willey or the president knew about it at the time.
Clinton in a deposition 'emphatically' denied it, and said he may have kissed Willey on the forehead to console her.
'And I cried when he said that. Because I think that this is the greatest country in the world. I think that we can do anything. I think we can accomplish anything. I think we can bring peace to this world, and I think Donald Trump can lead us to that point.'
Reporters in the room listened patiently to the indictment of the Clintons – and then peppered Trump with questions about his own predicament.
'Does your star power allow you to touch women without their consent?' demanded a Wall Street Journal writer.
'Did you touch the women without their consent?' asked the Associated Press.
'Why did you say you touched women without their consent, Mr. Trump?' asked a CBS News journalist.
At that Paula Jones exploded.
'Why don't y'all go ask Bill Clinton that?' she exclaimed.
'Go ahead, ask Hillary as well!'
Video of the brief press event includes the sound of laughing and applause after Jones' outburst, believed to have come from Trump's staff.
Hillary Clinton's campaign responded to the publicity stunt with a dismissive statement.
'We're not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom,' her communications director Jennifer Palmieri said.
'Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn't change that. If Donald Trump doesn't see that, that’s his loss.'
FLASHBACK: Juanita Broaddrick's encounter with Bill Clinton was in 1978, when this picture was taken
AS SHE WAS: Paula Jones at the time she was suing Bill Clinton for sexual assault, a case which led to his lies over Monica Lewinsky being uncovered and his impeachment trial
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Kathy Shelton tweeted her charges against Hillary Clinton, who defended the man accused of raping her
Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton in 1994 dating from the time when he was governor of Arkansas.
Jones was an Arkansas state clerk who claims that in 1991, Clinton exposed himself to her and asked for oral sex, and tried to kiss her in the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock.
The suit ultimately brought an $850,000 out-of-court settlement, and became the vehicle that helped drive the investigation of the sitting president by special prosecutor Ken Starr. That investigation in turn helped spawn the Monica Lewinsky scandal and culminated in the impeachment of the president.
Willey was to have a been a witness in the Jones trial. Clinton has denied her charges.
Clinton said last year that sexual assault victims 'have the right to be believed.' She later dismissed the claims of her husband's accusers, saying 'everybody should be believed at first, until they are disbelieved based on evidence.'
The Democratic presidential nominee has never said what that evidence consists of.
Broaddrick recounted during a 'Dateline NBC' interview in 1999 the night she says she was raped by the then-Arkansas attorney general in a Little Rock hotel room.
'He starts to bite on my top lip, and I tried to pull away from him,' she recalled.
'And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him "No," that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me.'
'It was a real panicky, panicky situation,' she recounted. 'I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to "Please stop." And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.'
'When everything was over with,' Broaddrick claimed, 'he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses.'
'And before he goes out the door he says "You better get some ice on that." And he turned and went out the door.'
The Trump campaign found itself sucker-punched Friday night with an audio tape that revealed him making vulgar and sexually explicit comments about women 11 years ago.
That stunning development has driven elected Republican officials, both the conscientious and the weak-willed, away from their party's standard-bearer.
It brought President Barack Obama out of the woodwork to shame the GOP's nominee to succeed him. It drove countless Democrats to try their hand, carnival-game-style, at delivering the knockout blow on Sunday morning television.
But it also stiffened Trump's resolve. He has said consistently for 16 months that 'the dishonest media' were out to get him, and bemoaned the necessity of battling Clinton while also absorbing hits from biased news outlets.
Few reporters have drawn what may be an obvious parallel between the crudeness of Trump's remarks – he joked about celebrity giving men license to grab women 'by the p***y' – and Clinton's history of looking the other way while her husband engaged in behavior more abusive than what Trump named.
Trump himself tweeted that his words on the old tape were mild in comparison to Bill Clinton's typical golf-course talk. Americans elected Mr. Clinton twice.
In 1975, Clinton served as the defense lawyer for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old factory worker accused of raping Shelton after luring her to his car. Taylor pleaded down to 'unlawful fondling of a minor' and served less than a year in prison after Clinton was able to block the admission of forensic evidence that linked her client to the crime.
'It's put a lot of anger back in me,' said Shelton, now 54, in an August interview with Dailymail.com.
'Every time I see [Clinton] on TV I just want to reach in there and grab her, but I can't do that.'
Shelton said Clinton is 'lying' when she claims to be a lifelong defender of women and girls. Shelton said Clinton accused her during the case of 'seeking out older men,' and demanded that the 12-year-old undergo a grueling court-ordered psychiatric examination to determine whether she was 'mentally unstable'.
'I don't think [Clinton's] for women or girls. I think she's lying, I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win,' Shelton said then.
'If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn't have done that to me at 12 years old.'
An audiotape later surfaced in the private collection of lifelong Hillary Clinton friend Diane Blair, in which Clinton indicated that she believed Taylor was guilty, saying that his ability to pass a lie detector test 'forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.'
She also laughed while describing how she was able to get a world-famous New York City blood expert to question the admissibility of forensic evidence that was misplaced by the crime lab after it was tested.
'I heard you on tape laughing,' Shelton told DailyMail.com in August. 'I just want to know, you've got a daughter and a grandbaby. What happens if that daughter of yours, if that would have been her [raped]?'
'You would have protected her. You don't know me, so I'm a piece of crap to you.'
Broaddrick tweeted on Sunday that she was still bitter about being raped by a future American president.
'How many times must it be said? Actions speak louder than words. DT said bad things! HRC threatened me after BC raped me,' she wrote, using 'DT' for Donald Trump and 'BC' for Bill Clinton.
'Hillary calls Trump's remarks "horrific" while she lives with and protects a "Rapist." Her actions are horrific,' she added on Twitter.
Bill Clinton has long denied Broaddrick's accusations, and Hillary has declined to address them. Charges were never brought.
Broaddrick also lashed out at Chelsea Clinton last month for minimizing her father's past sex scandals as a 'distraction' from matters of greater substance.
'Your father was, and probably still is, a sexual predator. Your mother has always lied and covered up for him,' Broaddrick tweeted.
'Chelsea,' she wrote, 'you said you don't remember a time in your life that your parents weren't being attacked. There's a very good reason for this – your parents are not good people.'
'I was 35 when Bill Clinton Raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73. It never goes away,' she added.
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