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. LaLa

    but a virgin to not much else.

    July 1, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. dubyasux

    Unbelievable... the s!ut actually had the temerity to use the phrase "I was a virgin"? Newsflash: Monica gives virgins a bad name!

    July 1, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. jeff

    Wow...looking at what everyone is writing here it looks like Pres Clinton was not even there...Both were wrong BUT he was the one in power...and then lied...how quickly we forget and how willing we are to place blame so save face of someone who not only committed adultery, but then lied under oath...I do wonder what would have happened if this was a republican Pres...just saying....
    Net poster will begin with "but remember Bush...."

    July 1, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Lord Toronaga

    I love watching the "all loving all knowing" left turn on this woman and call her all kinds of names ... in defense of the predator Clinton. That is so rich. REALLY NOW...Monica is to blame and she is evil. Lefties have their own version of "Climate Science Deniers" .... they have the "Lewinsky Science Deniers".

    July 1, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Lord Toronaga

    Talk about a war on women. The left owns that. Any woman who has issues with democrats is instantly turned into the scorn of the day. So kind and loving they are.

    Maybe if they kill more babies and spread more AIDS everything work out for Hillary.....

    July 1, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. liberal disease

    Didn't help when Hilary attacked her either…3 losers

    July 1, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Truth Today

    It is wishful and naive thinking that the act of performing oral sex on a sitting President who is not your husband characterizes one as a virgin in humiliation. If it does, we should not wonder why we have an increase of promiscuity among our youth......DELUSIONAL....ML should go back into hiding and do the next generation a huge favor.

    July 1, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Moodyfoodie

    Yeah... nice choice of words. But all that says really is that she had no shame before that event.

    July 1, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. kws11

    "...at THAT LEVEL"!?!?!?

    Maybe Paris Hilton, but seriously... the POTUS got his baby batter on you! Has anyone EVER been publicly called out for anything at that level?

    July 1, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Scott

    This is a great right wing conspiracy! Hey, who's blue dress is this??? BILL!!!

    July 1, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Martin, OR

    Really, for a decade, L has saved the famous Blue Dress. There are dry cleaners if L wants to wear it again.

    July 1, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Mike H

    She'd make a better president than Hillary Clinton.

    July 1, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. strangways

    Lewinsky was a Republican plant – it was killin' 'em how popular Bill was so they knew the way to get to him. What woman in her right mind hums the President in the Oval Office then KEEPS the messy dress. We were too naive back then. all it did was waste $30 million and give bin Laden another 13 years of life.

    July 1, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. aspblom

    Does she work in a brothel now in Paris, or what?

    July 1, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. aspblom

    "“narcissistic looney toon.” Well, does anyone need to say more?

    July 1, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Alina1

    I thought she did it to herself.

    July 1, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Robert N. constant

    The history of Republican dirty tricks is legendary. They are particularly good at setting up lustful opposition politicians.
    the fact that Lewinsky's actions were orchestrated by Linda Tripp, a Republican operative, is just the beginning of the case for entrapment.
    Monica Lewinsky bragged to her firieds that she would be "going down on her knees in the Oval Office " BEFORE it happened should also dispell any illusions about virginity. To say that this 24 year old college graduate had been "around the block" would probably be an understatement.
    The process of Monica Lewinsky bring this all to the attention of the media is the telling point. Only TWO people knew what happened in the Oval Office. There was never a need for her to tell anyone UNLESS that had been the plan from the beginning. Saving the bled dress with its DNA also makes clear what were her intentions.
    From the beginning to the present Monica Lewinsky has been the paid tool of the Republican Party, entrapping Bill Clinton, who for all his intellectual brilliance was an emotional idiot and a naive fool. The Republican Dirty Tricks people excelled in this one. HOWEVER, holding up this woman as some sort of defenseless victim goes too far. It is letting go the string of the balloon. There is a name for people who do what Monica Lewinsky did for money..
    I don't think we should stone her to death. But we should look at her in the light of reality.
    Monica Lewinsky will never have to work again. The Republican dirty tricks people will take care of that. She resides now at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. Prtetty expensive place for a poor girl who doesn't seem to work .

    July 1, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Razz

    But not a virgin to SCOPE or BINACA apparently.

    July 1, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. WTH

    I am pretty sure it takes two to tango, Ms. Lewinsky.

    July 1, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. cwl

    For all the Bill Clinton lovers, are you accepting that he is a sexual preditor? Think of that next time you see your
    d.aughter or sister

    July 1, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Anne Russell PhD

    Lewinsky was not Clinton's "mistress." She was briefly only his lover or girlfriend. A mistress is financially supported by her lover. Clinton did not support Lewinsky, but availed himself of her on the taxpayer dollar.

    July 1, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. aspblom

    as the Semitic sky god has often said, kill as many of the other tribes as possible if they get in the way of you getting the lands that I have promised you.

    July 1, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. jeff

    Also a virgin to critical thinking. What do you think is going to happen when you let it leak that you had "relations" with the president.

    July 1, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. ghastly

    Young, dumb, and star-struck by a powerful man. Not the first and won't be the last. She just needs to move on, stay out of the spotlight, and live her life. 50 years from now, none of it will matter to her.

    July 1, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. jnpa

    It's rather funny that she hasn't been around in 10 years, but comes out of the shadows in time for Hillary to maybe declare her candidacy for president. Opportunist then, opportunist now!

    July 1, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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