Monica Lewinsky says Bill Clinton 'should WANT to apologize' to her after scandalous affair sparked her downfall
MONICALewinsky says Bill Clinton "should want to send her an apology" after their bombshell affair sparked her highly publicized downfall.
The 42nd president's former mistress spoke out ahead of the premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story at 10pm ET on Tuesday, which focuses on their scandalous tryst in the late nineties.
After producing the FX series which reexamines their affair, Lewinsky, 48, was asked by Today's Savannah Guthrie if she thinks Clinton should apologize to her.
She said on Tuesday: "I think there was a long period before my life changed in the last six or seven years where I felt a lot – in terms of there not being this resolution.
"And I'm very grateful that I don't have that feeling anymore. [Clinton] should want to apologize in the same way that I want to apologize in any chance I can get to people that I've hurt or my actions have hurt."
The former White House intern has previously opened up about the traumatic consequences of their dalliance at the age of 22 – years after her ex-friend Linda Tripp leaked recordings of her to federal prosecutors.
Lewinsky recently described how she couldn't get work, had PTSD, and was financially dependent on her parents as a result before revisiting her relationship with Clinton in the anticipated TV show.
During the candid interview, Lewinsky also described how she was proud as a producer but "nervous" as a subject, adding that there was an "enormous amount of emotional truth" to the dramatization.
“I’m nervous for people to see some of the worst moments of my life and a lot of behavior that I regret," she added.
Lewinsky became an infamous figure in the late-90s as she was featured in SNL skits and as the butt of the joke in many late-night talk-show hosts over the affair.
Yet the 48-year-old has since emerged as an anti-bullying activist and spoken out about the way she was treated at the time, even contributing to the new series and being credited as a producer.
Lewinsky reportedly pushed Impeachment's makers to include even her more scandalous actions in the new show, including a scene in which she flashed her thong to Clinton during a social event to get his attention.
The Clinton-Lewinsky affair reportedly lasted for two years before it was made public in 1998 when Matt Drudge broke the story on his site the Drudge Report.
He leaked details of a phone conversation Tripp had recorded of Lewinsky venting about the affair after the young intern had confided in her co-worker.
Lewinsky began working in the White House as an intern in July 1995 in the office of President Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, before becoming an employee of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
She obtained the internship through a family friend and relocated to DC as a recent college graduate.
When the scandal broke, Clinton immediately denied the affair while Lewinsky was forced to hide from public attention in her mother's residence at the Watergate complex.
Clinton uttered the now infamous line "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” days later on January 26, 1998, during a televised White House news conference with wife Hillary standing alongside him.
"There is not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual relationship, or any other kind of improper relationship.”
Despite the former president’s denials, however, evidence of the affair was obtained by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
Lewinsky was ambushed by the FBI in the Pentagon City mall and was interrogated in a hotel room.
During the investigation, Starr managed to acquire a blue dress from Lewinsky with Clinton's semen stain on it and testimony from her that the president had inserted a cigar into her vagina.
She said she didn’t notice the stained dress at the time but only realized it when she took it off afterward.
Tripp had persuaded Lewinsky not to wash the dress when they spoke about the affair and it became damning evidence.
In July 1998, Lewinsky received total witness immunity in exchange for a grand jury testament about her relationship with Clinton.
She and Clinton were eventually called before a grand jury that month; he testified via closed-circuit television, she in person.
In her testimony, Lewinsky stated that she had nine sexual encounters in the Oval Office with Clinton between November 1995 and March 1997.
She stated that the encounters involved oral sex and other sexual acts, but not sexual intercourse.
In August, Clinton caved under questioning from independent counsel Kenneth Starr before a federal grand jury and testified that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky
He branded the affair “a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.”
On December 19, 1998, when Republicans had a House majority, the chamber voted largely along party lines to impeach Clinton on the grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice in connection with an extramarital affair
His impeachment trial began on January 7, 1999, but by February 12, 1999, the Senate acquitted him.
Hillary Clinton reportedly doesn’t feature prominently in the new series, after her decision to stay with Bill after the affair was widely covered in the press.
Clinton himself has spoken out about the affair in recent years, claiming that he had oral sex with the intern to ease his own “anxieties.”
Speaking in the Hulu documentary “Hillary” last year, he revealed the pair went through “painful” marriage counseling after his affair.
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