Former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, hasn’t said that much about Bill Clinton since the infamous affair that claimed his position as President when impeachment proceedings began in late 1998, but now Monica Lewinsky has returned to the spotlight after penning a #MeToo essay for Vanity Fair’s March issue, in which she calls Bill Clinton “a sexual predator”. It may not be news to the public, but it’s definitely news when Monica Lewinsky says it.
Stopping short of saying anything derogatory about Hillary Clinton (probably for the best), Monica also stated that she felt very uncomfortable when she finally met Ken Starr, who was the Independent Special Counsel appointee of the USDJ, looking into the sexual indiscretions of the 42nd President at the time.
Not only were Bill’s sexual ways untoward, but also her recent encounter with Ken Starr, only two months ago, also made Monica Lewinsky feel very awkward and uncomfortable when out to dinner with her family. Although she never actually met Starr, when he was looking into the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal all those years ago, but on Christmas Eve last year, she bumped into the special prosecutor in New York City, where she stated that he was “creepy” after he repeatedly touched her arm and elbow.
Moreover, Monica Lewinsky, stated that whilst her relationship with Bill Clinton was not “sexual assault”, it was definitely a “gross abuse of power” from the President. Monica went on to praise Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s “grace and grit” during the difficult time of the trial and investigation back in year of 1998.
Monica has been approached lately regarding the most famous sex scandal of all time in light of the #MeToo movement, but she says that she doesn’t quite know where her place is within regard to the movement of today, as a whole.
However, in the Vanity Fair expose’ where she poses in a blue dress, Monica explains that at the time of the investigation, once the scandal was out in the open, she felt completely alone and says that “swimming in that sea of Aloneness was terrifying”.
As we can all remember, Bill Clinton famously said: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”.
That quote from Bill Clinton has become somewhat of a pop culture moment of the 1990’s, but during the trial, Monica Lewinsky was left without a voice as Ken Starr forced her to remain silent “due to legal quarantine”. He even tried to force Monica’s own mother to testify against her in court.
In regards to meeting Ken Starr on Christmas Eve last year, Monica stated the following: “His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable.”
During the encounter with Ken Starr, Monica recounts that he “asked me several times ‘if I was doing ok’; a stranger might have surmised from his tone that he had actually worried about me over the years,” which would be nice if not for the fact that he was the person that had made her life a “living hell”.
Monica was a bit “thrown” by the random meeting, but gathered the courage to say the following to him after 20 years: “Though I wish I had made different choices back then, I wish that you and your office had made different choices too.”
Ken Starr replied that night on the past events as being “unfortunate”, before they went their separate ways.
Since the #MeToo movement began, Monica has been receiving lots of letters of support from people apologising to her for what she was forced to endure two decades ago, one of which brought her to tears, but she also found letters of support from women all those years ago.
Lewinsky said, “Yes, I had received many letters of support in 1998. And, yes (thank God!), I had my family and friends to support me. But by and large I had been alone.” she explained.
“Publicly Alone—abandoned most of all by the key figure in the crisis, who actually knew me well and intimately. That I had made mistakes, on that we can all agree. But swimming in that sea of Aloneness was terrifying.”
“There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognise that it constituted a gross abuse of power.”
“I’m sorry to say I don’t have a definitive answer yet on the meaning of all of the events that led to the 1998 investigation; I am unpacking and reprocessing what happened to me.”
Monica was 22-years old during November 1995, whilst Bill Clinton was 49-years old, back when their affair began. Bill initially denied in a sworn disposition in January 1998, that he was never alone in a room with Ms. Lewinsky, whilst unbeknownst to Bill and others in the White House at the time, Monica had confided to U.S. Civil Servant, Linda Tripp, the year before, that they had already had sexual relations (specifically “oral stimulation”) together, at least nine times.
The affair became public one day after Bill Clinton’s sworn testimony after Linda Tripp gave recorded tapes of their conversations to Ken Starr, who was at the time, pursuing the Whitewater controversy and Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual harassment and assault of Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee.
Bill Clinton later had to admit to the affair, but stated that his definition of sexual relations differed to that of others. This resulted in the impeachment of the 42nd President of the United States, on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Recently, writer Ryan Murphy of ‘Glee‘ and ‘American Horror Story‘ fame has optioned Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book, ‘A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President‘, for an upcoming season of the ‘American Crime Story Anthology’.
So, the story of the sex scandal is set to live on, and for Monica Lewinsky, the difficult part has been the #MeToo movement and the news of this new TV drama show slated for a future production.
She has now learnt that she’s sympathetic of victims of past offences in today’s climate of sexual assaults and exposed sex scandals, stating: “For many, the Reckoning has also been a re-triggering”.
“Sadly, what I see with every new allegation, and with every posting of #MeToo, is another person who may have to cope with the re-emergence of trauma.”
“My hope is that through Time’s Up (or perhaps another organization) we can begin to meet the need for the resources that are required for the kind of trauma therapy vital for survival and recovery.”
There you have it! Make sure you go out and buy the latest issue of Vanity Fair to get all the details from Monica Lewinsky herself, in order to support her amidst the age-old sex scandal that she suffered through twenty years ago.
Recently, many have wondered why the Clinton’s simply didn’t just pay Monica Lewinsky money for her silence to prevent the scandal? But, without those Linda Tripp tapes and the revelations within, we the public, would never have known about this most interesting and regrettable story from the Oval Office now, would we?
Brainstain, over and out!
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