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June 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Rape victim outraged over 1975 case ready to 'stand up' to Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Before she was a possible presidential candidate, before she was even Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham was a 27-year-old trial lawyer in Arkansas with a southern drawl, and big ambitions.

She was asked by a judge to defend a 42-year old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Clinton was able to plea bargain down the sentence to just one year in prison, which was reduced for time served.

But the victim, who is now 52-years-old, is speaking out to the Daily Beast, and saying that one of the most famous women in the world "put her through hell."

She also has a message for the former secretary of state.

"You lied on me, I just realized the truth of it, hard, back in '06 after I got out of prison I just studied it a little bit, I realized the truth now, hard, of what you done to me, i said and you're supposed to be for woman? You call that for women? What you done to me? And I hear you on tape, laughing!"

The victim, who the Daily Beast agreed not to name, first spoke out in 2008, in an interview with a Newsday reporter. These new comments come after an audio recording of an interview with Clinton from the early 1980s was dug up by the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon.

In that clip, Clinton seems to admit she knew the defendant was guilty.

"He took a lie detector test. Which he passed. That's the last time I trusted a polygraph," Clinton is heard saying, laughing.

"I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing," Clinton wrote of the victim in the 1975 affidavit.

Read: Critics question Clinton's record with women as rape victim speaks out

Clinton ultimately plea bargained down the sentence on a technicality involving evidence that was accidentally destroyed.

But the victim says her life was ruined as well. And now, she's ready to "stand up."

"When I heard that tape I was pretty upset, I went back to the room and was talking to my two cousins and i cried a little bit. I ain't gonna lie, some of this has got me pretty down. But I thought to myself, 'I'm going to stand up to her. I'm going to stand up for what I've got to stand up for, you know?'"

The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, who interview the victim, and CNN legal analyst Paul Callan join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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