The victim in a 1975 child rape case, in which Hillary Clinton acted as attorney for the defendant, gave an interview to the Daily Beast in which she said that “Hillary Clinton took me through hell.”
The interview followed the publication by the Washington Free Beacon of audio recordings in which Clinton discussed the case. Conservative figures had used the recordings to criticize Clinton, though the victim had declined to speak with the Free Beacon. She granted an interview with the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who agreed to withhold her name.
“I would say [to Clinton], ‘You took a case of mine in ‘75, you lied on me… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me,” the victim said. “And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me?”
In its 2008 feature on the case, Newsday reported that Clinton’s strategy had been “attacking the credibility of a 12-year-old girl.” Clinton said in the recordings that her client plea bargained. According to the Free Beacon, he was sentenced to one year behind bars.
Newsday reported in 2008 that the victim said at the time that she was “sure Hillary was just doing her job.” But in her new interview with the Daily Beast, the victim said she was misquoted and didn’t understand the full scope of Clinton’s involvement in the case.
The victim also pointed to one of Clinton’s comments in the newly public audio recordings, which suggest she thought her client was guilty even after he passed a polygraph test.
“It’s proven fact, with all the tapes [now revealed], she lied like a dog on me. I think she was trying to do whatever she could do to make herself look good at the time,” the victim said. “She wanted it to look good, she didn’t care if those guys did it or not. … I do not think justice was served at all.”
A spokesperson for Clinton did not respond to a request for comment to the Daily Beast. But as Rogin pointed out, a spokesman told Newday in the 2008 article that Clinton was appointed to the case and “had an ethical and legal obligation to defend (her client) to the fullest extent of the law.”