Paula Jones Biography

(Accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment)
Paula Jones
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Birthday: September 17, 1966 (Virgo)

Born In: Lonoke, Arkansas, United States

Paula Jones is an American former civil servant, best known for accusing former U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. Paula was born and raised in Arkansas in a lower middle-class family. In May 1994, she filed a case against the then U.S. President Bill Clinton and claimed that he had sexually harassed her back in 1991, when he was the governor of Arkansans. Bill denied the accusations and the case hogged media limelight for many years. Paul did not give up for years and even appealed to higher courts and changed lawyers during the course of the proceedings. Ultimately in 1998, Paula agreed to an out-of-court settlement. In 2000, she appeared nude in the Penthouse Magazine. Before settling down in Arkansas as a real estate professional, she milked the controversy to make money, which she claimed was done to raise her sons. In 2018, she appeared in the documentary film The Clinton Affair, which was based on Bill Clinton and the sexual accusations against him.

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Quick Facts

Also Known As: Paula Rosalee Corbin

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Steven Mark McFadden (m. 2001), Stephen Jones (m. 1991–1999)

father: Bobby Gene Corbin

mother: Delmar Lee Corbin

siblings: Charlotte Corbin Brown, Lydia Corbin Cathey

children: Preston Jones, Stephen Jones

Born Country: United States

American Women Virgo Women

Height: 1.59 m

U.S. State: Arkansas

Childhood & Early Life

Paula Jones was born Paula Rosalee Corbin, on September 17, 1966, in Lonoke, Arkansas, into a poor family to Delmar Lee Corbin and Bobby Gene Corbin. She grew up in a very religious environment as her family was highly conservative. She began working at a young age to help her family make the ends meet. Paula was raised along with her two sisters.

She also joined the Church of the Nazarene as her father was a minister there and he worked full time as a janitor in a shirt factory.

She enrolled into a local high school in Carlisle, Arkansas, and graduated in 1984 and also attended a secretarial school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her father passed away when she was in high school, which further worsened the family’s financial condition. She began working odd jobs around the same time, but she had bigger aspirations. She did not find many good opportunities while she was in Lonoke as it was a small town and there were not many big opportunities to work and grow.

Paula Jones worked as a clerk in Walmart and Pizza Hut when one of her friends asked her to apply for a job in the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (AIDC). She joined the AIDC in March 1991.

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The Bill Clinton Controversy

Paula Jones worked as a document examiner with the AIDC and earned a salary of little more than $10,000 a year. According to Paula, the Bill Clinton incident took place while she was working at the AIDC. As per her, the incident took place on May 8, 1991, when she was attending the Governor’s Quality Management Conference, which was organized at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock.

She said that Bill Clinton saw her during the conference while she was attending a table and she was later asked to report in his room. He was the governor of Arkansas at the time. A state trooper asked her to come to Bill’s room, where Bill exposed himself in front of her.

Bill became the President of the United States in 1993. In 1994, Paula Jones read about a similar incident in The American Spectator magazine and got enough courage to come out with her own experience. On May 6, 1994, she finally filed a case against Bill after keeping quiet about the incident for about 3 years.

She gave a detailed account of the incident and said that Bill touched her, kissed her forcefully, pulled his pants down and asked her for oral sex. However, Clinton denied the accusations and said that he did not even know Paula and had never met her.

She filed a case in an Arkansas District Court and hired two prominent lawyers from Washington D.C. to represent her case in the court and asked for $750,000 in damages. She also hired a press spokesperson and opened a full-blown attack on Bill Clinton. 

In addition to this, she also appeared on many interviews on television shows, such as Meet the Press, Equal Time, Larry King Live and Burden of Proof etc. calling Bill a ‘philanderer’ and ‘un-American’.

Judge Susan Wright ruled that Paula could not prove that she had suffered any damage because of the incident and for the accusation of inflicting emotional distress, too, nothing could be proven.

Paula further appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, where two out of three judges seemed to be inclining in her favour. The Clinton defence team tried to convince the court that the case should be dismissed until Bill is out of the White House as it could distract him as a President to carry out his duties properly. The case was dismissed from there as well.

But instead of giving-up, Paula moved to other courts. She continued gaining the sympathy of the general people and moved to the Supreme Court in 1997. After carefully considering the entire case, the Supreme Court ruled that the case was legit and it must be heard properly. Eventually, Bill also agreed to move ahead with the lawsuit.

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An out-of-court settlement offer was presented to Paula by Bill’s lawyers, but Paula allegedly remained adamant and demanded Bill’s apology as well. Due to this reason, Paula’s lawyers resigned in August 1997, as they believed that a settlement was enough.

She was then helped by the Rutherford Institute and a law firm from Dallas, which took her case. By December 1997, on the advice of her new lawyers, she reduced the amount sought in damages to $525,000. In addition, she also took back the allegations on Bill’s former bodyguard Danny Ferguson and focused solely on Bill.

In April 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that Paula was unable to produce any evidence of suffering damages and thus, Clinton’s ‘motion for dismissal’ was granted. Paula did not give up and moved to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit against the dismissal.

After a few more months of deliberations, Paula agreed to the settlement, which was set at $850,000. In March 1999, it was ruled by the judge that Paula had to pay the entire legal fee from this money only. She agreed and from the $850,000 that she had signed to, she received only $200,000. She paid the remaining $650,000 for her legal expenses.

In 2000, Bill’s misconduct of misleading testimony was referred to the Arkansas Bar Association, which took disciplinary action against Bill and his license to practise law in Arkansas was suspended for five years, starting from January 2001.

Later Life

Paula Jones’ finances had depleted by the end of the long and tiring case. She had become a household name by then. Taking advantage of this, she posed nude for the Penthouse magazine in the December 2000 issue. The pictures were published with a story titled ‘The Perils of Paula Jones’. However, in 1996, she had given an interview to the Hannity & Colmes Magazine, saying that she would never pose nude for any magazine ever. She, however, argued that she did it to raise her two sons.

She also attempted to sell the recordings of her conversations with Gennifer Flowers, in which she gave a detailed description of her encounter with Bill. The audio recordings were priced at $1.99 for each tape.

In 2018, she further appeared as herself in the documentary film titled The Clinton Affair, along with other television programmes such as Hannity and The Ingraham Angle.

Personal Life

In December 1991, Paula Jones married Steve Jones, who worked in the airlines industry. The couple had two sons together. However, the Bill Clinton-Paul Jones Scandal strained their marriage and they divorced in 1999.

In 2001, Paula married Steven Mark McFadden.

Paula currently works as a real estate agent in Little Rock,  Arkansas.

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