Monica Lewinsky says she was a ‘scapegoat’ in presidential affair scandal


Monica Lewinsky says she was a ‘scapegoat’ in presidential affair scandal

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED May 6, 2014

Monica Lewinsky is mostly remembered as a White House college intern, where she happened to have an affair with the President. But Lewinsky is now 40-years-old, and speaking publicly for the first time in years about her relationship with President Bill Clinton. 

In an essay written exclusively for Vanity Fair, Lewinsky makes clear their affair was “consensual.”
According to the Washington Times, Lewinsky wrote, “[T]hanks to the Drudge Report, I was . . . possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” But, she said, she now wants to tell her story to “be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation.”
She also reportedly wrote, “[It’s] time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” references to clothes she was famously wearing in two interactions with Clinton, including a dress stained with his body fluids which she refused to have dry cleaned.
“Sure, my boss took advantage of me,” she wrote, according to excerpts published on USA Today’s web site. “But I will always remain firm on this point: It was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”
The essay will be in the digital edition of Vanity Fair which subscribers will receive on Thursday.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.