Now Clinton's DNA faces paternity test
Monday 04 January 1999
A picture of the child suggests that a relationship cannot be ruled out. The boy, Danny Williams, has been brought up by his mother, Bobbie Ann, who is black and was working as a prostitute at the time Danny was conceived.
According to the Star, a tabloid with a track record for Whitehouse exposes, the boy has had a sample of his DNA taken for testing. This could be matched against information about the sample given by President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky case last summer.
The Danny Williams story was given a perverse kind of credence by Joe Klein's novel, Primary Colors, and last year's film of the same name, whose main character is based on Mr Clinton. Primary Colors has the rumour of an illegitimate black child surfacing in the presidential campaign, and outlines attempts to suppress the scandal. In the novel, the child's paternity is left ambiguous.
Klein - who originally denied writing the book - covered the 1991-92 campaign and many of the details described in the novel, which circulated only as rumours in the early Nineties, have turned out to be true.
The Danny Williams story - like many of the less savoury allegations about Mr Clinton's past - has been consistently shunned by the mainstream media in the United States.
The new development - the child's DNA test - was reported only by the Star and another tabloid, the New York Post. It was also reported by the Internet "gossip", Matt Drudge, whose reports on the Lewinsky case were overwhelmingly vindicated.
True or false, the revival of the Danny Williams story, days before the Senate decides whether to try Mr Clinton after his impeachment by the House of Representatives over the Lewinsky affair, was unlikely to be mere chance.
The question was whether it represented opportunism on the part of the Star, a last desperate attempt by Mr Clinton's enemies to smear him at a crucial stage in the impeachment process, or the truth. US arms bill soars, page 11 Leading article, Review, page 3
Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympian sick again after photographs of Reeva Steenkamp's body are shown in court
Tony Benn dead: Veteran Labour politician passes away at 88
Arrest made after man is found by the side of the road with his penis cut off
Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Focus shifts west as Indian Ocean becomes latest search area for the aircraft and its passengers
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
- 1 Tony Benn dead: Veteran Labour politician passes away at 88
- 2 Arrest made after man is found by the side of the road with his penis cut off
- 3 Tim Berners-Lee on creating the web: 'I never expected all these cats'
- 4 Gauthier Soho has ranted against 'food blaggers' - so can we really trust online reviews?
- 5 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
£40000 - £60000 per annum + EXCELLENT SALARY: Austen Lloyd: Senior Private Cli...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education ar...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Are you a trained Key...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: We are currently look...