Less than two hours before tonight’s presidential debate,
The unexpected event Sunday came as Trump's presidential bid is reeling after the release of a recording of him speaking in vulgar terms about women. Trump had telegraphed before the debate that he planned to bring up Bill Clinton's sexual history. He has also blamed Hillary Clinton for enabling her husband and said she attacked the women who made claims against her husband.
Here is a look at the four women Trump appeared with Sunday evening in an event that was streamed live on Facebook:
Juanita Broaddrick: In 1999, after Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, Broaddrick said the president had raped her when he was Arkansas' attorney general in 1978. A handful of confidantes said she had told them about the incident when it occurred.
Clinton denied the claim through his attorney, and he was never charged. Some argued that Broaddrick was not credible because she waited 21 years to make the allegation and because she had earlier signed an affidavit denying non-consensual sex or advances by Clinton.
Kathleen Willey: The White House aide claimed that Bill Clinton groped her in 1993. The president denied it, and an independent prosecutor found the evidence inconclusive. She first made her allegations on a "60 Minutes" segment in 1999.
Kathy Shelton: Shelton was 12 when a man was accused of raping her. Hillary Clinton, an attorney, was assigned by a judge to defend him. The case against the accused rapist fell apart and the charges were reduced to fondling a child.
In her 2003 biography, Clinton wrote that she was reluctant to take the case but had been reminded by the prosecutor who had recommended her for the assignment that she was obligated to not refuse the judge's request.