Episode 10 also follows Paula Jones in the aftermath of the Starr Report, as she attempts to pick up her life after a judge threw out her sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton. Jones has become publicly disgraced and can’t get a job. And since she’s a parent of two sons and isn’t receiving child support from her ex-husband Steve, she’s in dire financial straits. First, Paula works for a psychic hotline for cash. Then she agrees to pose nude for Penthouse magazine.
In reality, Paula did give her name to a psychic hotline, the Paula Jones Celebrity Psychic Network — although it’s not clear whether she actually took calls, like she did on the show (via Deseret Times). She also did pose for Penthouse, explaining to Larry King in Oct. 2000 that she needed the money to pay legal fees and tax bills (via CNN).
But the one major detail that “Impeachment” omits from the narrative is the fact that Jones actually did receive a settlement from Bill Clinton. After a judge threw out the case in April 1998, Jones appealed. In Jan. 1999, Clinton settled with Jones for $850,000, which was $150,000 more than the original settlement offer. However, the 1999 settlement did not include an apology like Jones wanted.
But even though Jones did receive the six-figure settlement, it didn’t cover her legal bills, which at the time exceeded $2.2 million (via The New York Times). That no doubt factored into her decision to pose for Penthouse.
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