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. Hairy reed

    And the Democratic war on women continues.

    July 1, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Jack

    Everyone is a virgin to humiliation at that level. I mean really, how many people have been in the national spotlight for blowing the president? What a stu pid article and what a stu pid website this is for putting this worthless nonsense back in the news.

    July 1, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Bill Clinton

    15 minutes of fame??? No, it didn' take that long.....

    July 1, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Paul Smith

    Yes – she was committing adultery with a married man, but that married man was the POTUS and 1) is expected to conduct himself as such; 2) wielded great influence and charisma, especially in that day over many young women; 3) was ultimately her boss...yet everyone looks at him like he's a player and she's scum...they're both scum.

    July 1, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. mike in NH

    Monica is a celebrity because of Bill Clinton was a Cigar Aficionado. Monica is the one who came out to be a celebrity again, she should have just moved forward with her obscure life like 99.9% of the world.

    July 1, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I was a virgin to humiliation of that level,” Lewinsky said
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    I'm still laughing!.....

    July 1, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bill Clinton

    15 minutes of fame??? No, it didn' take that long.....
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    Going down in flames or coming to terms with the issue at hand?!
    Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

    July 1, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Fred

    Ms Lewinsky was prayed upon by a predator, the Media was culpable in attacking her and the Left - particularly the so-called "Feminists" - were vitriolic in their attacks. Talk about a "War on Women"...that's what was done to Ms Lewinsky.

    ~ Fred

    July 1, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Spitzor Swallows

    She still hasn't learned how to keep her mouth shut. She is a punchline to a joke, nothing more. Enjoy your last 15 minutes of fame and then fade away into obscurity. Or do porn, whichever. Apparently you're not much good for anything else.

    July 1, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. dnokc

    I'm amazed at the insensitivity and lack of support from so called "supporters of women's rights'! Ms. Lewinsky was taken advantage of by more than the POTUS! She was the VICTIM! Not Bill, and most certainly not Hillary! –

    July 1, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    And almost all of the humiliation and vitriol came from the left. The one who are supposed to support women. At least that's what they tell us.
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    No, Tom, your other left.

    July 1, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Normal In NH

    The DNC...aka, the MSM, attacked this woman daily while essentially giving Clinton a pass. Nothing new, nothing to see here.

    July 1, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Open eyes

    I would like to know what has she learned about being manipulated by her republican "friend". Why doesn't she talk about that relationship? If she was manipulated then how do we know she is not being manipulated now? I am more interested in the politics of the relationship than in the emotional fascination of a young girl.

    July 1, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Fred
    Ms Lewinsky was prayed upon by a predator, the Media was culpable in attacking her and the Left – particularly the so-called "Feminists" – were vitriolic in their attacks. Talk about a "War on Women"...that's what was done to Ms Lewinsky.
    ---------------–
    Comments about one woman is a "war on women" and the systematic repeated and constant conservative demeaning and limiting of rights by the radical right is not a "war on women".
    And up is down and down is up.
    I don't think this is fooling the smart voters.

    July 1, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Sara

    She was a stupid young girl who has become a bold woman. I applaud her decision to stand up at last to own her behavior and stop hiding behind society's ignorant condemnation of women. So she kind of "had sex with that man." So what? It was a thrill for her that backfired. Neither she or Clinton deserved the bashing they got in lieu of it.

    July 1, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. R&R

    @tired – Obviously you have been spared the immense pressure that comes from having an incredibly powerful person take more than a passing interest in you. As for the "consequences", do you really think everyone that sleeps with a married person is then drug through the public media circus that Ms. Lewinsky was made to endure? I mean seriously, get a clue.

    July 1, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. keeroc15

    This is how the Clintons use and abuse people. Denial at first – then character assassination. Warren for president.

    July 1, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Gene

    Suck it up and move on Monica!
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    Ummmmmmm.... yeah. I think she did.

    July 1, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Anonymous

    The real victim is the American Presidency; that defiled ceremonial object that only one person can restore. Its nacient dignity awaits only her and from thense both will be redeemed.

    July 1, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. bob baden

    She was an adult who knew what she was doing. Did she know the backlash? Who could. But c'mon, she was an adult and knew the man was married, knew he was POTUS blah blah blah. I blame them both for this.

    July 1, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Luc

    Should of kept your mouth shut No pun intended

    July 1, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Justin Cider

    Very poor (or perhaps clever) choice of words Miss Lewinsky...

    July 1, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Justin Cider

    The GOP war on women, science and minorities continues!

    July 1, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. pat

    This is hilarious! She was virgin to humiliation?! Really! Life is about "choices" and her "choice" was to be on her knees in a premeditated act since she didn't have her outfit cleaned for a few years. Who, with any type of class and self-respect, would keep such an outfit unclean unless there were plans to use it for claim to fame? I'm tired of Monica and her low class behavior. Get a pole and practice dancing with it so you can work at a nice gentlemen's club... since you have the experience!

    July 1, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. dee

    a 50 year man,taking advantage of a 20 year old,he is supposed to say no.But he wasn't happy with only his wife.jenn flowers and others aren't all crazy.bill can't keep it where it belongs in his pants.he was the president of the USAshame,shame

    July 1, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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