Faces & Names: Lewinsky revisits ‘humiliation’ of Clinton affair in interview
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?” that airs on Sunday.
“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 on Tuesday. “To be called stupid and a slut and a bimbo, and ditzy and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating.”
The affair led to Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives in 1999. The Senate acquitted him and Clinton completed his second term in 2001.
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, saying it was 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.”
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