Saturday, November 14, 1998 Published at 01:11 GMT
Clinton settles Jones sex case
Paula Jones is set to receive $850,000 from the president
US President Bill Clinton has agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 (£500,000) to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit.
Lawyers for both sides signed a deal for a cash payment which includes no apology from Mr Clinton.
Mr Clinton's lawyer, Robert Bennett, said the president "remains certain" that Mrs Jones' allegations are baseless but wanted to get the dispute behind him.
"The president has decided he is not prepared to spend one more hour on this matter," Bennett said.
Mrs Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1994 claiming that in 1991 Mr Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, exposed himself to her in a Little Rock hotel room, and asked for oral sex.
Mrs Jones alleged that by refusing Mr Clinton, her career as a state employee suffered.
But investigations in relation to it had already unveiled details of what would become the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
It was Mr Clinton's sworn deposition for the Jones case, in which he denied having sexual relations with former White House intern Miss Lewinsky, that led to the impeachment hearings that will begin next week in the House Judiciary Committee.
Miss Lewinsky and her relationship with the president might have overshadowed the Jones case, but it did not diminish the cash payment Mrs Jones is set to receive.
But she refused a $700,000 deal negotiated between her lawyers and the President's attorney, Robert Bennet.
She had been asking for $1m, which she later reduced to $950,000.
Commentators at the time said that with the Democrats' good showing in the mid-term elections, Mr Clinton might lose interest in settling the case altogether.
In the end, however, Mr Clinton's legal team have increased their offer.
But correspondents say that the money Mrs Jones is set to receive will not be enough to cover her soaring legal costs.