Willey may have tried to help Jones win Clinton suit, court papers say Statement by ex-lawyer released in Arkansas suit

October 27, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- Kathleen Willey, a one-time White House volunteer who has said she was groped in the Oval Office by President Clinton, may have once tried to help Paula Corbin Jones succeed in her sexual misconduct lawsuit against the president.

The statement by Joseph Cammarata, a former lawyer for Jones, was contained in previously sealed documents from Jones' lawsuit that were released yesterday in Little Rock.

In an affidavit, Cammarata said he received a telephone call in January 1997 from a woman who did not give her name but who said she had had an experience with Clinton similar to Jones'. He said he became confident that the woman was Willey, but she denied she was the caller.

The hundreds of pages of documents released yesterday by Judge Susan Webber Wright of U.S. District Court also showed that Jones' lawyers complained that the White House was behind an effort to delve into her sexual history.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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