Former Miss America Elizabeth Gracen, a star on the syndicated TV series Highlander, has admitted to having sex with Bill Clinton.

The actress tells today's New York Daily News that 15 years ago she and then governor Clinton had consensual sex.

Gracen, 37, had previously denied accusations she slept with Clinton. But with her testimony being sought in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment suit--and with rumors proliferating that Clinton forced himself on her--she agreed to the exclusive interview.

"I had sex with Bill Clinton, but the important part to me is that I was never pressured," she tells the paper. "We had an intimate evening. Nothing was ever forced. It was completely consensual."

Gracen--cruising between the Caribbean, Canada and Paris to avoid being subpoenaed by Jones' lawyers--claims she has no desire to undermine Clinton. In fact, the onetime Playboy poser says she voted for him, and she'd do it again. (Vote, that is.)

As for her initial denials, Gracen admits that Clinton asked her to downplay the affair back in 1992, when the Gennifer Flowers scandal broke.

This request, she says, came without any pressure or cajoling. And the star of such mega-hits as Final Mission, Lower Level and 83 Hours 'Til Dawn disputes accusations that Clinton helped out with her acting career in exchange for the denial.

"If the President of the United States was on the phone pulling strings for me, I'd be on Seinfeld," she explains. "I'm not standing on the front of the Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio, am I?"

She also admits she was in negotiations with the Star tabloid to sell her story for $1 million, but a crisis of conscience changed her mind.

Okay, interesting you say, but where's the titillation?

Well, Gracen says she was 22, married and studying acting in New York in 1983, when she met Clinton while on a trip back home to Arkansas. After flirting, she says, the two retreated to the Quapaw Tower in Little Rock.

Gracen adds that Clinton called her when she got back to the Big Apple, but she told him she was uncomfortable with the relationship, and they never spoke about it again.

"I made a very bad error in judgment," says Gracen. "You think you can get away with these things, but they always come back down the road."

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