July 1st, 2014
09:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Monica Lewinsky: ‘I was a virgin to humiliation of that level’

(CNN) - After a self-imposed exile from the public eye, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky appeared on Tuesday in her first interview in a decade.

In a National Geographic documentary on the 1990s, Lewinsky, “the most humiliated woman in the world,” described the public shaming as former President Bill Clinton’s mistress as “alarming … frightening … confusing … and excruciating.”

“I was a virgin to humiliation of that level,” Lewinsky said in the documentary that was previewed on NBC's “Today Show.”

She described the day special prosecutor Kenneth Starr released his nearly 500-page report on Clinton as “one of the worst days of my life.”

Lewinsky’s interview is another step in her re-emergence and attempt to write her own narrative after humiliation by critics, comedy writers, paparazzi and the Clintons. In recently found documents from the Clinton White House, then-first lady Hillary Clinton described her as a “narcissistic looney toon.”

Lewinsky’s gradual re-entrance into the public eye was launched in May with a Vanity Fair biographic essay where she wrote, “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress. And move forward.”

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She wrote that she could no longer put her life on hold for another decade as Hillary Clinton contemplates a presidential bid.

“I turned 40 last year, and it is time to stop tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures,” she wrote.

In addition to her media appearances, her social life is becoming more public as well. She was also seen at a high-profile event in London on Monday evening, according to the Daily Mail.

Hillary Clinton mostly dismisses questions about Lewinsky. During a media rollout of her new book, “Hard Choices,” where she was asked about Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton said she had “moved on” and would “wish her well.”


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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. John Galt

    Lewinsky is the definition of 'awkward'

    July 1, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Tired of Whiners

    Zip it Monica. You slept with a married man and you faced the consequences. Nobody forced you to ... YOU made the decision which means, like all of us, YOU get to deal with the repercussions of your choices. No one feels sorry for you so quit with the victim routine already. Your 15min of fame has been over for years.

    July 1, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. shawn L

    She was screwing around with a man she knows was married. She is no victim in this.

    July 1, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Geoff Maguire

    Umm...but apparently not to cigars.

    July 1, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Gene

    Suck it up and move on Monica!

    July 1, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Mari

    Too bad she wasn't a virgin. period.

    July 1, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Bob

    I am tired of this gal tying to claim innocence, she was an adult and knew darn well what she was doing. Now she just wants to blab so she can make money for herself. Monica shut up and go away.

    July 1, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Haven

    Seems that Miss Lewinsky is still ticked that her married lover stuck with his wife. She was no naive ingenue, Clinton wasn't even her first affair with a married man. She didn't get the "prize" and she's holding a grudge. Move on, Monica.

    July 1, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. S.B. Stein

    I don't understand why she is such a lightning rod for abuse. She was an intern and did something with the president. How many presidents were know for being a lady's man? Kennedy was one of them. Leave the woman alone because she was never an elected or cabinet official.

    July 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. ron

    Harsh comments being posted. You need to look at it from her shoes. She was young and he was the most powerful man in the world, not to mention he was a slick manipulating human being.
    For you men, what if it was an attractive female President who seduced you?

    July 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. ron

    Hey Tired of Whiners, get a grip. You appear to not have your eye's open.

    July 1, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    smith1 says:
    July 1, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am
    Is she being funded by the GOP or what? Funny how she keeps popping up now. I know she had a rough go but come on, now she has joined the ranks with everyone else who wants to get paid to tell all. At her age even I knew screwing around with a married guy was a no no.

    Agreed. Even at 22, you know sleeping with a married man is wrong. Your time to play victim is long gone Monica.

    July 1, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Tom l

    I know. A 50 year old man in a position of power taking advantage of a 20 year old intern. Such lovely compassion for this woman from the left. They really do care a out women.

    July 1, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. freddo

    That's about all she was a "virgin" to.

    Now she's going back on the circuit to ho' herself out all over again. Ka-ching is the sound she's looking for now ...

    July 1, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Thomas

    Bill Clinton never inhaled pot , he never had sex with Monica , and was busy with other matters during the Rwandan Genocide.

    July 1, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Thomas

    Didn't Bill say he didn't have sex with her ?

    July 1, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. O'drama ya Mama

    Go home Monica your 15 minutes ended over 15 years ago.

    July 1, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Tom Bukowski

    Don't you love the election season?

    July 1, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Jeff

    Usually the uppity Jewish cvulture promotes lots of humility, no? So of course she was a virgin to that level of humility. But I am surprised she didn't hook up with other enterprising Jewish folk and make a business out of this, such as "The Novel Use For Cigars" or some such a thing. After all, it wouldn't exactly be as clean as Groucho Marx, but it still has the Zeitgeist of it all, and especially Woody Allen and Joan Rivers.

    July 1, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. SweePee

    You hiked your skirt to a President.
    so immature when there are so many others that could have rightfully gotten that internship.
    you should go away.

    July 1, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Frost

    I just love her. I wish I could fine a chick just like her.

    July 1, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. KellyF

    Amazing to me that ANYONE in their right mind could feel sorry for this idiot. Who fools around with a guy then SAVES the evidence? This woman has yet to get exactly what her kind deserves.

    July 1, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Paul

    Palin/Lewinsky for President?

    July 1, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. SweePee

    are Republicans trying to bring her back?

    July 1, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. molerat

    Virgin!, does she want to shoot herself in the foot? Does anyone remember?- she tried to blackmail the President.

    July 1, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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