Juanita Broaddrick is an American former nursing home administrator and volunteer for Bill Clinton’s 1978 gubernatorial campaign. She had confided in those close to her that Bill Clinton raped her in April 1978 when she was 35 years old and he was Arkansas Attorney General. At the time of the incident, she received a swollen lip from Bill Clinton. Broaddrick shared the hotel room with her friend and employee Norma Rogers. Rogers attended a conference seminar that morning, and says she returned to their room to find Broaddrick on the bed “in a state of shock,” her pantyhose torn in the crotch and her lip swollen as though she had been hit. Rogers says Broaddrick told her Clinton had “forced himself on her.” Rogers helped Broaddrick ice her lip, and then the women left Little Rock, Arkansas. Rogers said that Broaddrick was very upset on the way home and blamed herself for letting Clinton in the room. Four other witnesses confirmed that Broaddrick had told them about the incident at the time: David Broaddrick, Susan Lewis, Louis Ma, and Jean Darden. Three weeks after the incident, Juanita Broaddrick was approached by Hillary Clinton in an exchange that Broaddrick says she interpreted as Hillary Clinton thanking her for keeping quiet. Juanita never reported the incident to the authorities.
Rumors circulated about Broaddrick’s allegations for many years, but she refused to speak to the media. In the fall of 1997, Paula Jones’s private investigators tried to talk to Broaddrick at her home, secretly taping the conversation. Broaddrick refused to discuss the incident, saying “it was just a horrible horrible thing,” and that she “wouldn’t relive it for anything,” and said “you can’t get to him, and I’m not going to ruin my good name to do it… there’s just absolutely no way anyone can get to him, he’s just too vicious.” Broaddrick was subpoenaed in the Jones suit. In a sworn statement in 1997 with the placeholder name “Jane Doe #5,” Broaddrick filed an affidavit with Paula Jones’ lawyers.