Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is opening up about her affair with then President Bill Clinton in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair. The complete piece will be published Wednesday, but a preview article posted online Monday quotes Lewinsky as expressing deep regret for her role in the relationship.
After more than a decade of what she calls silence, Lewinsky says she has decided to "stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past."
Lewinsky maintains that her relationship with Clinton was "consensual." Any abuse, she says, "came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."
After failed attempts to find a career in the PR field, due to what her employers called her "history," Lewinsky felt herself wanting to be an advocate for victims of online harrassment after reading about the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, whose roommate secretly streamed a webcast of a gay sexual encounter of Clementi's.
Lewinsky says she is familiar with the unique difficulty online harrassment can provide due to the timing of her scandal and the Drudge Report:
She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”