Monica Lewinsky joined other women online by using the hashtag “#MeToo” in a tweet to indicate she was a victim of sexual harassment or assault. However, the 1990s White House intern didn’t indicate if that meant her consensual sexual affair with former President Bill Clinton, or something else.
The #MeToo hashtag went viral soon after actress Alyssa Milano asked followers to write that single message on Twitter and it spread like wildfire across multiple social media platforms. Many women have been emboldened by famous actresses finally coming forward after enduring years of sexual abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful Hollywood players. This hashtag is meant to spur other women to speak out.
But one of Bill Clintons rape accusers wasn’t all that happy that Lewinsky joined in the online confessions. Juanita Broaddrick, 74, who says Clinton raped her in an Arkansas motel room 40 years ago, called out Lewinsky on Twitter in two messages.
“Better late than never Monica Lewinsky’s ME TOO. I have always felt sad for you, but where were you when we needed you?” one said.
The other including two more Clinton accusers, Kathleen Wiley and Paula Jones: “Your silence was deafening in the 90's when Kathleen, Paula and I needed your voice.”
Here’s that silence Broaddrick is talking about from this signed affidavit from January 7, 1998 and submitted to Jones’ lawyers:
Note: Attorneys for Jones referred to Lewinsky as a "Jane Doe"
1. My name is Jane Doe # . I am 24 years old and I currently reside at 700 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037.
2. On December 19, 1997, I was served with a subpoena from the plaintiff to give a deposition and to produce documents in the lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin Jones against President William Jefferson Clinton and Danny Ferguson.
3. I can not fathom any reason that the plaintiff would seek information from me for her case.
4. I have never met Ms. Jones, nor do I have any information regarding the events she alleges occurred at the Excelsior Hotel on May 8, 1991 or any other information concerning any of the allegations in her case.
5. I worked at the White House in the summer of 1995 as a White House intern. Beginning in December, 1995, I worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs as a staff assistant for correspondence. In April, 1996, I accepted a job as assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense. I maintained that job until December 26, 1997. I am currently unemployed but seeking a new job.
6. In the course of my employment at the White House I met President Clinton several times. I also saw the President at a number of social functions held at the White House. When I worked as an intern, he appeared at occasional functions attended by me and several other interns. The correspondence I drafted while I worked at the Office of Legislative Affairs was seen and edited by supervisors who either had the President's signature affixed by mechanism or, I believe, had the President sign the correspondence itself.
7. I have the utmost respect for the President who has always behaved appropriately in my presence.
8. I have never had a sexual relationship with the President, he did not propose that we have a sexual relationship, he did not offer me employment or other benefits in exchange for a sexual relationship, he did not deny me employment or other benefits for rejecting a sexual relationship. I do not know of any other person who had a sexual relationship with the President, was offered employment or other benefits in exchange for a sexual relationship, or was denied employment or other benefits for rejecting a sexual relationship. The occasions that I saw the President after I left employment at the White House in April, 1996, were official receptions, formal functions or events related to the U.S. Department of Defense, where I was working at the time. There were other people present on those occasions.
9. Since I do not possess any information that could possibly be relevant to the allegations made by Paula Jones or lead to possible admissible evidence in this case, I asked my attorney to provide this affidavit to plaintiff's counsel. Requiring my disposition in this matter would cause disruption to my life, especially since I am looking for employment, unwarranted attorney's fees and costs, and constitute an invasion of my right to privacy.
I declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
Monica S. Lewinsky