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Friday, January 30, 1998 Published at 08:51 GMT


Judge excludes Lewinsky from sex suit against Clinton
image: [ Paula Jones cannot use the Lewinsky allegations in her court battle against the president ]
Paula Jones cannot use the Lewinsky allegations in her court battle against the president

New legal moves in Washington have eased the pressure on President Clinton.

The judge in the case of Paula Jones, who is suing Mr Clinton for sexual harassment, has ruled that she cannot use evidence from Monica Lewinsky, the White House trainee who allegedly had an affair with him.

Ms Lewinsky now looks increasingly unlikely to get immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for telling her story.

US District Judge Susan Webber Wright was acting on a request from Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, when she barred lawyers for Ms Jones from involving Monica Lewinsky in arguing their client's case.

"The plaintiff and defendants may not continue with discovery of those matters that concern Monica Lewinsky," Ms Wright said in a ruling in Little Rock federal court.

Ms Jones alleges that Mr Clinton exposed himself and asked her for oral sex in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991. He was Arkansas governor at the time and she was a state employee.

Lewinsky defence

In other legal developments surrounding the alleged sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky's lawyer has said he is preparing his client's defence, indicating no progress in talks with the Special Prosecutor to grant immunity for her testimony.

William Ginsburg met Kenneth Starr for 45 minutes on Thursday morning. Mr Starr is investigating allegations that Clinton had sexual relations with the former White House intern and then urged her to lie about it.

[ image: William Ginsburg: preparing client's defence]
William Ginsburg: preparing client's defence
"If you asked if we made any progress," Mr Ginsburg told a crowd of reporters afterwards, "We are making progress today on preparing Monica a defence."

There was no immediate comment from Mr Starr's office.

Mr Ginsburg declined to discuss any other details about the meeting, but his comments suggested that prosecutors may be pressing ahead with plans to indict Miss Lewinsky.

[ image: Lewinsky: Seeking immunity]
Lewinsky: Seeking immunity
Mr Ginsburg and Mr Starr's investigators have been in regular contact in recent days as they tried to clarify points in her formal offer to testify.

Mr Starr holds secretly recorded tapes on which Miss Lewinsky reportedly told a friend that she had sex with Mr Clinton and that the president later tried to persuade her to lie about the affair - allegations Bill Clinton has denied.

But in a deposition given under oath to lawyers in a separate sexual harassment case against Mr Clinton, Miss Lewinsky allegedly denied having an affair with the president.


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