Bill Clinton has long had a reputation for pouncing on any available female—but new sources are saying he attempted to rape one of the most iconic First Ladies in history: Jacqueline Kennedy.
According to a new book, Bill and Hillary: So This Is That Thing Called Love, authors Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince write about a creepy, attempted sexual encounter between the then-President and the widow of President John F. Kennedy.
According to the book, Mrs. Kennedy told a friend that Bill Clinton aggressively tried to forcibly “seduce” her at her Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City:
“We almost indulged in a wrestling match. It was most embarrassing,” said Kennedy, who was in her 60s at the time—17 years older than Bill.
“I mean, I was flattered that I turned him on so much at my age, but Bill was just like Jack in the sense that neither of them wanted to take ‘no’ for an answer.”
“Ever since that day I prefer not to be alone in the same room with Bill. I fear he’s a man who never gives up.”
Prior to the attempted sexual assault, which happened in 1993, Mrs. Kennedy had been close to the Clintons—donating to Bill’s 1992 campaign, and giving him her coveted endorsement.
She even had words of wisdom for Hillary, whom she felt camaraderie with, due to their shared roles as First Lady and both of their husbands famously sleeping around.
“When I decided to attach myself to a handsome young senator from Massachusetts, I seriously thought he might be President one day, even though he was a Catholic,” Jackie apparently told Hillary.
She added, presumably about her husband’s reported affairs: “I was prepared to overlook a lot.”
After the encounter, which happened in 1993, Mrs. Kennedy cut ties with the Clintons. She would be diagnosed with cancer the following January, and died soon after, in May of 1994.
A spokesman for the Clintons, when asked about the alleged assault, simply said, “[Is it] possible to quote me laughing at the sheer absurdity of this story?”