Monica Lewinsky Reflects on Her Apology to Hillary

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

Monica Lewinsky said Monday that she chose to participate in a new documentary series about her infamous 1990s affair with then-President Bill Clinton so that she could ensure that her experience "never happens to another young person in our country again".

In an essay published Tuesday in Vanity Fair, Lewinsky writes that she agreed to participate in A&E's upcoming "The Clinton Affair" in part because she spent a lot of time listening to other people tell her story without stepping in to tell it herself.

The series premieres Sunday on A&E.

"As for Hillary Clinton, she should be the one apologizing to all the women she has shamed, blamed and degraded for her husband's own actions", Broaddrick said.

Two decades after the scandal, Lewinsky says she still would like to apologize to Clinton's wife, Hillary, if the opportunity were to ever present itself.

The affair between the US president and a White House intern shook the whole country and led to Bill Clinton being impeached by the US House of Representatives in 1998.

The documentary follows her relationship with the former president from her days in the White House until today and many have speculated as to why she made a decision to bring all of this up now, on television, no less.

In her Vanity Fair essay, Lewinsky admits it was "exceedingly painful" to dissect her past in The Clinton Affair, adding she endured 20 hours of interviews. Bill's indignant answer: "'No'".


"My first public words after the scandal - uttered in an interview with Barbara Walters on March 3, 1999 -were an apology directly to Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton", Lewinsky wrote, referring to the Clintons' daughter.

Lewinsky penned an op-ed for Vanity Fair to promote the docu-series. "(It's a combustible combination.) An important part of moving forward is excavating, often painfully, what has gone before", she wrote. When politicians are asked uncomfortable questions, they often duck and dodge by saying, That's old news. "But it's not easy".

"As much as I agonized over whether to participate in the documentary, it paled in comparison to the agony of preparing to be interviewed", Lewinsky continued.

"At 22, I took the small, narrow sliver of the man I knew and mistook it for the whole."
"Despite all of the ways I tried to protect my mental health, it was still challenging".

Lewinsky explained that she was delighted to tell her story from a female gaze for once, with more women participating both in front of and behind the camera.

What is still egregious and nearly never admitted by most of the mainstream media is the pain this woman endured (and still endures) because of what a much older, and presumably much wiser (but clearly not), individual did to her all those years ago - and the price she is still paying for it.

"I know I was still in love with Bill at the time", she said, "so I felt really responsible".

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