Monica Lewinsky, the one-time White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, said she ended up feeling like "the most humiliated woman in the world".
In her first television interview in a decade, Lewinsky, who became a constant punch line for late-night comedians, is part of a National Geographic documentary, The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?.
“I was the most humiliated woman in the world,” she said, according to a preview of the interview that appeared on NBC’s Today show. “To be called stupid and a slut and a bimbo, and ditzy and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating.”
In the National Geographic interview she recalled the day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on the scandal, including vivid details about her affair with Clinton, as one of the worst in her life. “I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that day,” Lewinsky said. “I mean it was just violation after violation.”
Lewinsky’s name resurfaced in US political discourse in February when former first lady and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her “a narcissistic looney-tune” in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.
Lewinsky broke her long silence last month in an article for Vanity Fair magazine, in which she deeply regretted what had happened and was “determined to have a different ending” to her story.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential contender, accused Democrats of “hypocrisy” for claiming to back women’s rights while giving Clinton a pass for his “predatory” behaviour towards Lewinsky.
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