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Former TV reporter accuses Bill Clinton of 3 sexual assaults in 1980

Former TV reporter accuses Bill Clinton of 3 sexual assaults in 1980

Washington: A former TV reporter has accused former President Bill Clinton of three sexual assaults in 1980, when the latter was the governor of Arkansas.

Her allegations, in a video clip posted on a pro-Donald Trump website, appeared just hours before the Republican presidential candidate debated his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, Bill's wife.

Leslie Millwee, a former reporter for local Arkansas TV station KLMN-TV, said she interviewed Clinton some 20 times in public when he was the governor of the southern US state.

Millwee -- then known as Leslie Derrick -- told Brietbart that Clinton visited the TV station and assaulted her in the editing room in all the three cases.

"I was sitting in a chair," she said about what she described as the first assault. "He came up behind me and started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts. And I was just stunned. I froze. I asked him to stop. He laughed."

On another occasion, she said, Clinton rubbed his genitals against her as she protested.

After the third assault, Clinton visited her apartment, she added, saying she refused to let him in.

Millwee said she had thought of coming out with this disclosure when the Monica Lewinsky White House sex scandal broke in 1998, but refrained from doing so to protect her young children.

"I think there's still no accountability in the media for the behaviour of the Clintons, and if it affects the media and affects the election, so be it," she said.

"I'm sure I'm not the only woman who went through this kind of torture with Bill Clinton."

The ex-reporter had, however, given a different version of the story in a book published in 2011, mentioning that Bill Clinton had only touched her shoulder, according to Breitbart.

The Clinton campaign dismissed her accusations.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Donald Trump seeks to invoke this report tonight or in the coming days," Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on MSNBC.

"We expect that he'll do anything in the closing days of the campaign. He said he's practising a scorched-earth approach to the campaign."

The new revelations surfaced as Trump faces a string of accusations of sexual misconduct. The bombastic billionaire has blamed the Clinton campaign and the news media for the stories.

Trump had recruited Breitbart CEO Steven Bannon to be his campaign manager in August.

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