July 1st, 2014
09:54 AM ET
9 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.”

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“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. sdgman

    No irony in that "I was a virgin" statement....

    July 2, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Adam Smith

    Wasn't her humiliation self-inflicted? She didn't have to kiss and tell.

    July 2, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  3. Johny Appi

    The woman is trying to cash in on her book. No more, no less. Anything coming out of her mouth that resembles the truth is questionable.

    July 2, 2014 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. John

    Please just go away. There is no reason for you to be speaking, other than a desire to get back into the public limelight.. There is nothing special or interesting about you.

    July 2, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  5. dkeller2929

    she did it to her self by bragging about it

    July 2, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. puddintane

    Just the thought of Slick Willie messing around with his subordinate while there were important work issues to take care of is off-putting. On par with trailer folks, the guy, and yet his fans still adore anything he does

    July 2, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  7. AJ

    I'm blown away by all the people posting here that blame her for this thing. He was her employer and thus he sexually harassed her. As for keeping the dress, what do you suppose the explanation from the White House would have been if she didn't have that dress locked away? Do you really think our president would have owned up to his little escapades?

    They were both to blame but it's time to let this woman have the rest of her life. Clinton makes millions and is applauded no natter where he goes. This woman can't find a job. Let it go.

    July 2, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. jovana

    Her so called friend is the one who leaked the story & taped their phone conversations and then convinced her to keep the dress. But if Monica really wanted to "move on" years ago she would have changed her hair color and changed her last name also so she would blend in and not be a target. I don't believe her complaining now.

    July 2, 2014 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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