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Lawyers quiz Paula Jones’ mother

October 13, 1997

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Paula Corbin Jones showed up at a downtown law office Monday as depositions began in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

Mrs. Jones and husband Steve accompanied her mother, Delmer Lee Corbin, who was among the first potential witnesses questioned by lawyers in advance of a May trial. A sister of Mrs. Jones, Lydia Cathey, is expected to give a deposition under oath Tuesday about what Mrs. Jones told them about an alleged 1991 hotel-room encounter with Clinton.

Mrs. Jones’ appearance came a month before she is to be questioned by Clinton attorney Robert Bennett.

She and her husband emerged with Mrs. Corbin after a morning-long session at the law office of Clinton’s local attorney, Kathlyn Graves. Neither of Clinton’s Washington lawyers attended.

Mrs. Corbin hid her face with her hands as they left the building.

Mrs. Jones said she did not give a statement Monday but would soon. She waved off other questions from reporters.

Mrs. Corbin did not answer telephone calls to her home Monday afternoon. Mrs. Cathey has an unlisted telephone number.

Wes Holmes, an attorney for Mrs. Jones, said other depositions would be taken later this week in Fayetteville, but he declined to identify who else would be questioned.

Mrs. Jones claims Clinton exposed himself and asked her to perform oral sex in an alleged encounter May 8, 1991, when he was governor and Mrs. Jones was a state employee.

She has accused Clinton of sexual harassment. Mrs. Jones also sued state trooper Danny Ferguson for defamation, accusing him as the source of a published account that depicted her as eager to be Clinton’s mistress. Both are named in the $700,000 suit.

Ferguson’s lawyer, Bill Bristow, has subpoenaed a half-dozen witnesses to attest to Mrs. Jones’ sexual reputation, including past boyfriends and a former employer, in depositions to begin Friday.

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