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'I Feel That I Have Won,' Says Paula Jones

November 15, 1998|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — An emotional Paula Corbin Jones said, "I feel that I have won," when asked about the settlement that ended her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

"I think I have made an impact in the workplace, and I do believe that will prevail over any of the other things in the end," she told the syndicated television program "Inside Edition" in a two-part interview to be broadcast Wednesday and Thursday.

Some transcripts of the interview were released Saturday.

Clinton agreed Friday to pay Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit--with no apology or admission of guilt--ending the four-year legal battle that led to the impeachment proceedings against him.

Jones, who at one point in the interview began sobbing and stormed out of the room, said that if she could speak with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, "I would just try to explain to her that, no matter who the man is, nobody can treat you like this and use you and just throw you out the door like some piece of meat."

She added that she probably wouldn't get the chance, because "she probably hates me."

Jones is under contract not to speak to other reporters through Nov. 30.

Jones alleged that Clinton, when he was governor of Arkansas and she was a state employee, made a crude advance in a room at a Little Rock, Ark., hotel in 1991. Clinton has denied her accusation.

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