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Sex Scandal Hits Foreign Billionaire Who Gave $5 Million to Clinton Foundation

Posted on | July 31, 2015 | 16 Comments

Hansjorg Wyss is a 79-year-old Swiss business mogul who is “a generous donor to major liberal groups like the Center for American Progress and longtime financial patron of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta.” In December, Wyss made a $5 million commitment to Hillary Clinton’s “No Ceilings” women’s empowerment project at the Clinton Foundation. However, Wyss has been accused of sexually abusing a Colorado woman, according to a report by Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller:

At issue in the federal district court case was a $1.5 million settlement of a suit brought by Jacqueline Long, a Colorado woman who charged that Wyss brutally and sexually abused her for years while serving as his employee.
Long, a former development officer at the HJW Foundation, said she had to have sex with him in return for his grants to non-profits that focused on at-risk youth and sex trafficking, causes to which she was passionately devoted.
“He was not interested in these programs,” Long told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview. “He was only doing it in reward for my having sex with him. It was a tool for leverage.”

Pollock published that article last month. Now, lawyers for Wyss are trying to intimidate the woman (and the Daily Caller) into silence:

Hansjorg Wyss — a foreign billionaire with intimate ties to the United States’ top Democrats — wants authorities to imprison an American woman for speaking publicly about allegations of sexual abuse at his hands. . . .
Jacqueline Long of Aspen, Colorado alleges that Wyss would demand sex, and then later shower her with expensive gifts and contributions to causes she, as a development officer, advised the foundation to support.
Shortly after The Daily Caller News Foundation published a June 8 article that quoted Long, a lawyer for Wyss (pronounced “Vees”) filed an “emergency motion” asking Philadelphia County’s Court of Common Pleas to impose sanctions, including imprisonment, to prevent further violations of the non-disclosure provision of a May 2013 settlement agreement.
The court has yet to decide on the Wyss motion, which was filed June 17.
Lawyers for Wyss, a Swiss businessman who in December 2014 contributed $5 million to The Clinton Foundation’s feminist “No Ceilings” project — a favorite of Hillary Clinton — also threatened TheDCNF.
In a June 9 letter to The Daily Caller News Foundation, Wyss attorney Carolyn P. Short demanded an “immediate retraction” of the earlier report because, she charged, the article contained many “blatant falsehoods.” Failure to retract would result in litigation, Short warned.
In response, TheDCNF asked Short to cite specific errors in the story. In a June 10 email to Short, TheDCNF’s counsel replied, “you refer to ‘many blatant falsehoods’ in the reporting. If you can identify what specifically is false, we will review it immediately. If any thing is incorrect, we want to fix it.”
Short declined to identify any errors. Instead, she made a sweeping assertion, claiming the article contained “reckless, damaging and false allegations from a former disgruntled employee who is solely seeking to leverage those false statements for financial gain.” . . .
The original June 8 story highlighted Long’s case. She was a former employee at a Wyss foundation and at a California vineyard he owns. She described a lengthy intimate relationship with Wyss that allegedly turned violent and abusive.
The 2013 settlement agreement provided a $1.5 million payment to Long and a provision in which both parties agreed to keep details of the agreement secret.
Long’s supporters vigorously defend her and denounce Wyss, arguing that threatening her with jail for going public about his conduct toward her amounts to another round of abuse.
“I think he’s taking a bullying tactic,” Long friend Katie Beckley told TheDCNF. It’s another form of abuse.” Beckley specializes in grief therapy and operates a counseling practice in Aspen.
“He decided to be so vengeful toward her. It was pure vengeance. I was encouraged to see her speaking out. I think it showed a lot of courage,” Beckley said.

Here’s the thing: Non-disclosure agreements are there for a reason. When rich men pay hush money to their former mistresses, they expect to get what they pay for, namely, silence. It would seem that Jacqueline Long got her money, but she didn’t shut up.

For $1.5 million, you can buy a whole lot of silence, but that’s chump change to a guy like Wyss, and once the details of the lawsuit leaked to the media, he had a whole new problem. You see, it’s not the Daily Caller’s fault Jacqueline Long can’t keep her mouth shut, and it’s certainly not my fault. By trying to make Jacqueline Long shut up — and by trying to intimidate the Daily Caller — Wyss’s lawyers are calling attention to a story that we might otherwise have ignored.

This is called “The Streisand Effect.”

They chose poorly.



16 Responses to “Sex Scandal Hits Foreign Billionaire Who Gave $5 Million to Clinton Foundation”

  1. ericdondero
    July 31st, 2015 @ 5:25 am

    if she was an employee and it was a condition of employment that she have sex with him, I don’t see how this is harassment.

    And in some ways we should all be cheering that a 79 yr old man can still get it up. I’m rather impressed, quite frankly.

  2. robertstacymccain
    July 31st, 2015 @ 5:54 am

    College boys are going through hell because some drunk girl had morning-after remorse, but a Clinton donor gets a free pass on this? No. I don’t think so.

  3. Jim R
    July 31st, 2015 @ 6:55 am

    So, she ADMITS to being this dirty old man’s sexual plaything so he would give money to causes she supports???

    Doesn’t that make her a whore?

  4. ericdondero
    July 31st, 2015 @ 7:13 am

    of course I agree with that Stacy. But when I read this piece, first thing occured to me was a 79 yr old man? She should be flattered, should think it’s kind of cute. Not offended.

  5. Ilion
    July 31st, 2015 @ 7:42 am

    Generally — at an intellectual, rather than emotional, level (morally, I despise them equally) — I have more respect for whores than for sluts. Whores, at least, have enough self-respect to get somethhing of value in exchange for putting out.

    But *this* whore? Well, she’s trying to play both sides of the street, while pretending she never even placed the first foot on it.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 31st, 2015 @ 8:12 am

    Someone should ask Hillary Clinton about it. She has always been so consistent when young women are being sexually harassed and abused by older men.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 31st, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    Wait a second, is Bill Clinton Swiss?

  8. Daniel O'Brien
    July 31st, 2015 @ 8:56 am

    That is certainly a fact. And all they were doing was negotiating the price…

  9. JeffWeimer
    July 31st, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    Apparently his hobby is buying up mineral rights, or arranging for Federal park designation, in order to deny extracting their resources – including grazing bans.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    July 31st, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

    No wonder he’s associated with La Cosa Clinton.

  11. DeadMessenger
    July 31st, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

    He’s whatever it takes to get laid.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 31st, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    I would not trust Bill Clinton around a wedge of swiss cheese…

    Or at least I would not ever eat it after he was around.

  13. theoldsargesays
    July 31st, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

    “Long, a former development officer at the HJW Foundation, said she had to have sex with him in return for his grants to non-profits that focused on at-risk youth and sex trafficking, causes to which she was passionately devoted.”

    Nice of her to do it for the kids, obviously she really cares.

  14. theoldsargesays
    July 31st, 2015 @ 7:44 pm

    Come on man, he was probably only 77 when this stuff happened.

  15. theoldsargesays
    July 31st, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

    THIS deserves more up votes but alas, I have but one to give.

  16. theoldsargesays
    July 31st, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

    A caring and considerate one though.
    I bet she has trouble sleeping at night:

    “Ewwww, I had sex with that dirty old man….but think of all the good I’m doing for those kids…but ewww I slept with that dirty old man….but now I’ve got a million bucks….but eww, that dirty old man…”