Myers: “Did you feel any internal injuries?”
Broaddrick: “Of course. I felt, I felt, just the whole thing you can imagine of being violated. I felt, of course there was pain.”
Myers: “Did you consider going to a doctor?”
Broaddrick: “No. Not at all. I just wanted to get home. I just, ah, I wanted it to all go away. I wanted to just walk outta there and forget that it had never happened, because I felt very responsible that I had allowed him to come to my room.”
Broaddrick says she decided to leave the hotel immediately without going to the nursing home meeting. She says after Norma helped ice her lip, the two of them left Little Rock and drove more than two hours back to Van Buren.
Juanita Broaddrick: “We were still in shock, Lisa, over what had happened… It was like this is a horrible thing and I’m gonna wake up in a minute and this is not going to be true.”
Norma told us on the drive back, Broaddrick was very, very upset and in shock and says Broaddrick blamed herself for letting Clinton in her room. And Broaddrick says she never considered going to the police — especially since Clinton was the Arkansas attorney general at the time.
Myers: “The question everyone is going to ask is ‘Juanita, why didn’t you report this 21 years ago?’”
Broaddrick: “I didn’t think anyone would believe me in the world.”
If Juanita Broaddrick ever wanted to press charges against Bill Clinton, it’s too late. The statute of limitations in Arkansas is six years.
If something did happen in that hotel room, who else knew about it? NBC News spent four weeks trying to confirm as many details as possible.
Lisa Myers: “Did you tell your husband when you got home?”
Juanita Broaddrick: “No, my husband never knew.”
Juanita Broaddrick says that at the time of the alleged sexual assault her marriage was on the rocks. She says she never told her husband, Gary Hickey, about the alleged incident and told him the swollen lip was the result of an accident. Hickey tells NBC News he doesn’t recall either the injury or her explanation. At the time, she was having an affair with the man who would become her second husband — David Broaddrick — to whom she’s been married 18 years. She says she saw David and told him what happened soon after she returned home.
Myers: “Did she have any visible injuries?”
David Broaddrick: “Yes. She, uh, her top lip was black.”
Myers: “As best you can remember, what did she tell you?”
David Broaddrick: “Uh, like I said, I don’t remember the words but that she had been raped by Bill Clinton.”
Myers: “Other than her lip, did she have any injuries?”
David Broaddrick: “Just mentally she was in bad shape.”
Juanita Broaddrick also says her affair with David made her even more reluctant to report the incident:
Juanita Broaddrick: “I don’t think I would have been real honorable back then in the 70s to have been married and having this affair. I just didn’t think anyone would have believed me.”
So who else did Broaddrick talk to?
Three of her friends tell NBC News she told them about the alleged incident at the time: Susan Lewis…
Susan Lewis: “It was very traumatic for her.”
Myers: “Did you urge her to report it?”
Louise Ma: “No.”
Myers: “Why not?”
Louise Ma: “Because women were made victims at the time. And you know what the courts were like in that time period. It was always the woman’s fault.”
And Jean Darden, the sister of Norma Kelsey, the woman who says she saw Juanita at the hotel. Both admit they have a serious reason not to like Bill Clinton — in 1981 as governor, Clinton commuted the life sentence of their father’s killer, making him eligible for parole.
The stories her friends tell from 20 years ago are consistent — and Broaddrick herself says she recalls many details
So NBC News tried to figure out the date of the alleged assault.
Broaddrick gave us access to all the business and personal records
she says she could find. We also checked public records, nursing home records and convention schedules.
And indeed there was a nursing home meeting at the Camelot Hotel in Little Rock on April 25, 1978. Further, state records show Broaddrick got credit for a nursing home seminar that was held that day, April 25.
So was Bill Clinton even in Little Rock on April 25, 1978? Despite our repeated requests, the White House would not answer that question and declined to release any information about his schedule
So we checked 45 Arkansas newspapers and talked to a dozen former Clinton staffers. We found no evidence that Clinton had any public appearances on the morning in question. Articles in Arkansas newspapers suggest he was in Little Rock that day