Trump weighs in on rapist whom Clinton defended as lawyer

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accuses the Democratic presidential nominee of 'laughing at' a 12-year-old victim of rape, back when Clinton was a practicing attorney.

PENNSYLVANIA (REUTERS, NYTIMES) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Monday (Oct 10) that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was recorded laughing at a 12-year-old victim of rape, back when she was a practising attorney.

Mr Trump was referring to Ms Kathy Shelton, who was raped at the age of 12.

 

Mrs Clinton,  then 27 and a practising attorney, defended the rapist who ultimately pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Much later,  Ms Shelton accused Mrs Clinton of getting her rapist off and even laughing about the case.

In the mid-1980s, Mrs Clinton was interviewed at length about the case by a reporter. In the interview, she said with a laugh that after her client passed a lie-detector test, it destroyed her faith in polygraphs. She did not laugh in the recorded interview about winning the man’s acquittal.