Roger Stone, a longtime ally of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, reportedly paid anti-Clinton sexual assault victim Kathy Shelton $2,500 (Stone is pictured above with a fan, not Shelton).
Shelton was paid by Stone's Committee to Restore America's Greatness PAC in May for her "contract services," according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
In 1975, Shelton, then age 12, accused Thomas Alfred Taylor of raping her. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, then a lawyer, was appointed by a judge to defend Taylor. He eventually pleaded to a lesser charge. Shelton has been attacking Clinton in TV and video interviews with conservative media outlets for several months.
According to Media Matters, Stone created an anti-Clinton group called "C.U.N.T.," referred to CNN Hispanic and black commentators as "quota hires," pushed the false "whitey tape" rumor about First Lady Michelle Obama, tweeted calls for the execution of Clinton and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and tweeted racist phrases: "Stupid Negro," "Fat Negro," "Arrogant Know-It-All Negro," "Uncle Tom," "Mandingo,” and "House Negro."
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Stone told the AP via email that Shelton "was extensively interviewed on video about her experience with Hillary Clinton and was paid for her time."
Stone tried to raise money in early 2016 to pay Kathleen Willey's mortgage, and said Trump contributed to it. Willey accused former President Bill Clinton of allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was a volunteer in his White House.
At the presidential debate against Clinton in St. Louis on Oct. 9, the Trump campaign tried to seat Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick (both had accused President Clinton of sexual assault), along with Shelton and Willey in the Trump family’s box near the debate stage, but the Commission on Presidential Debates refused to allow it, notes The Washington Post.
The idea to seat the women close to the debate stage was reportedly thought up by Trump campaign chief executive Stephen Bannon along with Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and was approved personally by Trump.
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The foiled plan included having the four women enter the debate hall at the same time as Bill, and confront him on live TV.
"We were going to put the four women in the VIP box," Rudy Giuliani, a close advisor to Trump, said. "We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them."