— A bizarre story that unfolded on the Kentucky Supreme Court Tuesday night has captured the imaginations of those who know the Clintons well.
Lawyers for Bill Clinton told a judge in a lawsuit brought by his former wife that the president groped them while they were having a private conversation in the White House bathroom in the early 1990s, The Associated Press reported.
The president denied the claim and called it a “nonsense smear” and a “wildly exaggerated story.”
The lawsuit seeks to have the president removed from office and the former president permanently banned from ever serving in public office.
In a statement to NBC News, the Clintons said they have never had sexual contact with anyone in the administration, nor any contact that has involved anyone in any way.
“We are proud of our marriage and the strong and deep friendship that we have developed over many years of marriage,” the statement read.
“We never had any inappropriate sexual contact, never had anything to do with any inappropriate behavior, and certainly never would we.”
The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Bar Association.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages for emotional distress and mental anguish.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Steven Grossman, told the judge that the claims were not true.
He said it was all “pure fiction” and that Bill Clinton never had a hand massage or any other kind of massage, The AP reported.
He said the Clintons did not touch his hand during the private conversation.
The lawsuit is the latest legal skirmish in a heated political campaign for control of the Democratic Party and the 2016 presidential race.
The Clintons have faced accusations that they are untrustworthy in the past, particularly their dealings with the Clintons’ former political rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.