Baylor Responds to Reports of Kenneth Starr’s Ousting

Ken Starr / AP
Ken Starr / AP

Baylor University refused to comment on reports claiming that its president Kenneth Starr, who headed the investigation leading to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, was fired in connection to the school’s mishandling of sexual assault accusations against its football team.

Local outlets reported Tuesday that Starr had been fired and offered a leadership role at Baylor's law school, but university officials said a decision has not yet been made.

Baylor University spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said the school would release its decision to the public by June 3.

"We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources. But when official news is available, the University will provide it," she said in a statement.

Starr gained prominence two decades ago after playing a central role during the investigation into the suicide of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Clintons’ shady investments in Whitewater realty.

His 1994 probe included a lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones, who accused him of sexual assault, and later uncovered the former president’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Officials have faulted Baylor leadership for the university’s failure to respond to reports of rape and sexual assault filed by at least six female students from 2009 to 2016 against Baylor football players.

Media reports of Starr’s ousting arrived the same day as a New York Times piece reported that the former prosecutor called Clinton ‘"the most gifted politician of the baby boomer generation."