As soon as Danney Williams’ mother saw her newborn son, she had a feeling that she knew who his father was: the Governor of Arkansas and future President of the United States, Bill Clinton. And more than 30 years on from his birth, Williams had a request for the man he believes is his dad.
Williams’ mom, Bobbie Ann, has said that she remembers exactly how she and Clinton became acquainted, too. It was 1984, and the then-governor had allegedly been taking a jog through Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas. His route had also taken him past the area of public housing where Bobbie Ann had lived, she claimed.
At the time, Bobbie Ann was 24 years old and working as a prostitute, and Clinton had supposedly introduced himself to her before continuing his run. She would later assert, however, that the future president had come back to see her several days after that initial encounter.
On Clinton’s second visit, Bobbie Ann reported that he handed over $200 in exchange for sex. After that, she said that the governor would visit her regularly for more rendezvous. Then, though, the 24-year-old found out that she was pregnant.
When Bobbie Ann allegedly told Clinton that she was expecting, however, his reaction was to laugh, she said. “He rubbed my big belly and said, ‘Girl, that can’t be my baby.’ But I knew it was. I just had this kind of woman’s feeling that this was his child,’” she said to the tabloid magazine Globe.
According to Bobbie Ann, her beliefs were only confirmed when her son, Danney, was born on December 7, 1985. Her baby had light skin, and the sex worker claimed that Clinton was the only white customer she had had at around the time of her son’s conception.
But Bobbie Ann couldn’t just say that her son was the offspring of the future President of the United States. No, she also had to prove it. So, her sister, Lucille Bolton, supposedly spoke to Clinton’s wife, Hillary, and suggested DNA analysis.
That conversation, if it happened, wasn’t enough to force a paternity test, however. Then, several years later, Bobbie Ann began sharing her tale with tabloids – although the claims didn’t gain much traction until the late 1990s. At the time, the news site Drudge Report asserted that the story had “rocked the White House.”
Then, eventually, Williams was able to speak for himself. And in a 2013 interview with Globe, he revealed that he had multiple motives for trying to connect with his alleged father. “I read [that Clinton] doesn’t have long to live, and I want to meet him face-to-face before he dies,” he said.
“I just want to shake [Clinton’s] hand and say, ‘Hi, Dad,’ before he dies,” Williams added. He also had a vision of meeting the ex-president’s daughter. “I’d like to have a relationship with Chelsea, too. She’s my half-sister,” he said.
And in 2016 Williams spoke out once again. Just before that year’s presidential election – in which his alleged stepmother, Hillary, was the Democratic Party’s nominee – he held a press conference to appeal for information.
“I heard Hillary say she spent her life helping children. If black lives truly matter to her, why not mine? I also want to take this opportunity to appeal to my step-mom. She has the power to have [her husband] provide a DNA sample,” Williams said at a press conference.
“Hillary, please don’t deny my existence,” Williams went on. “You are my stepmother, Chelsea is my sister, Bill is my father. I heard her say before [that] it takes a village to raise a kid, [and] I just want her to accept me in her village today,” he concluded.
But Hillary wasn’t Williams’ only target; he also reached out to Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky served as a White House intern from 1995 to 1996 and notoriously had an affair with the then-Commander-in-Chief. At one point, she had also handed in a dress of hers with Clinton’s DNA on it to authorities.
And in a letter Williams penned to Lewinsky’s lawyers, he said that he could confirm his father’s identity with that very garment. He hoped to “obtain a small, complete and valid DNA sample from [the] blue dress, which multiple news sources reported has been preserved,” he wrote.
But while Williams has yet to receive a response to those requests, others have taken up his cause. In June 2018 Twitter user Carl Barvensky Paul even offered to donate $20,000 to President Donald Trump’s next campaign if Trump ordered Clinton to undergo a paternity test.
But some would argue that Williams did, indeed, have the answers he sought. In July 1999, you see, Star magazine said that it would pay to conduct a DNA test for Williams and Bobbie Ann.
Fortunately, the president’s DNA analysis was readily available, since the FBI had tested him in the midst of the aforementioned Lewinsky scandal. However, when Clinton’s sample was compared to Williams’ genetic code, the two were far from matching.
At the time, Drudge Report wrote, “13-year-old Danney Williams [was] dealing with the news that Bill Clinton is not his father.” The website even went so far as to claim that the whole story was “a cruel hoax by the boy’s mother.”
But for some who had followed the saga, doubt still lingered. It was claimed, for example, that the type of DNA testing performed wouldn’t have been enough to prove that Clinton is Williams’ father. But the analysis was enough to exclude the former president, according to the New York Daily News – and it appears that Clinton has no intention to submit to any further examinations, either.