In light of recent allegations of sexual abuse against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — and the efforts of many to make sure his accuser is heard — Juanita Broaddrick, a woman who has for years accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual abuse, sees mainstream media with an agenda.
“As I watch what is happening now, I think, my goodness, the double standard,” Broaddrick (above left) said of the Kavanaugh allegations to The Daily Caller earlier this week.
“I saw the media sit on my story and question my allegations,” Broaddrick added.
“The media downgraded the most horrific event of my life. The MeToo movement has never accepted the Clinton survivors of sexual assault.”
She added, “They have never acknowledged me or Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones. They want nothing to do with us.”
A volunteer for Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign in 1978, Broaddrick claims she met Clinton in her hotel room at his request, according to The Daily Caller.
Broaddrick chronicled the encounter to The Washington Post: Arriving later in the lobby, she says he called her and asked if they could have coffee in her room because there were too many reporters in the lobby.
“Stupid me, I ordered coffee to the room,” she said. “I thought we were going to talk about the campaign.”
As she tells the story, they spent only a few minutes chatting by the window — Clinton pointed to an old jail he wanted to renovate if he became governor — before he began kissing her.
She resisted his advances, she said, but soon he pulled her back onto the bed and forcibly had sex with her.
Broaddrick said she did not scream because everything happened so quickly. Her upper lip was bruised and swollen after the encounter because, she said, he had grabbed onto it with his mouth.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘You better get some ice for that.’ And he put on his sunglasses and walked out the door,” she recalled.
Bill Clinton has denied those accusations.
At the time of the alleged rape, Bill Clinton was the attorney general of Arkansas, which is why she says she never reported the incident.
“Bill Clinton was the police,” she said. “What do you do when your sexual abuser is the top law enforcement official in the state?”
“NBC held my interview after the impeachment proceedings were over against Bill Clinton,” Broaddrick told The Daily Caller. “The media said I was lying and that my allegations were not true. They asked why was I waiting for 20 years. I cried all over again.”
“I remember everything that had happened to me. Friends found me immediately after the rape and witnessed the condition I was in.”
She added, “After Hillary Clinton lost the election, the media finally began to believe me,” and she cited stories written in major media outlets in her defense.
Still, she believes there is a double standard for how the media cover sexual assault allegations, and says the MeToo movement has left women like her behind.
Broaddrick’s past helps her to discern the present as it pertains to Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations — which right now are delaying Kavanaugh’s path toward the Supreme Court.
Despite being an alleged victim of sexual abuse, Broaddrick is not buying Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh.
“They wanted the sensationalism in the 11th hour,” Broaddrick said of the Senate Democrats who sat on the sexual misconduct allegation throughout Kavanaugh’s lengthy confirmation hearing. “This woman came forward and they held it ’til now. This is a weaponization of the sexual assault.”
Broaddrick contrasted Ford’s retelling of the experiences with her own traumatic experience, according to The Daily Caller.
“When I went through her accounting of what had happened, I cannot imagine not knowing where you were and who was there and when it happened,” she said. “I remember everything that had happened to me. Friends found me immediately after the rape and witnessed the condition I was in. I remember all the specifics, the exact time it happened: 8:30 in the morning.”
See Broaddrick speak about sexual assault allegations in the video below.
Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.