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First lady gets an apology

A former Miss America who says she had a one-night stand with President Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas has apologized to the first lady.

"What I did was wrong, and I feel very, very bad about it now. My behavior was inappropriate _ that's just the bottom line," Elizabeth Ward Gracen said of the alleged 1983 tryst, when she was 22.

"That's not the way a woman should treat a woman," she said, the (N.Y.) Daily News reported Saturday.

In a television interview aired Friday, Gracen said of Hillary Rodham Clinton: "I'll apologize to her now. It was wrong."

Gracen said she met Bill Clinton when she was a struggling actor a year after being crowned Miss America.

"I was very young, but I always knew what I was doing," she told the Daily News. "It's behavior that I wouldn't recommend to any young women, no matter what degree of glamour or glitter there seems to be at first."

She said she went public only after hearing reports that Clinton had forced himself on her.

"It was not true that I was ever harassed or coerced or pressured or manipulated into having sex with Bill Clinton," she told NBC.

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