Monica Lewinsky Gets Candid About Her ‘Flirtatious Encounters’ With Bill Clinton!

Blanche Robertson
November 18, 2018

Lewinsky - a 22-year-old intern when she and Clinton began a sexual relationship that ultimately led to his impeachment - has emerged as an anti-bullying advocate and voice in the #MeToo movement after having years of her life derailed by the scandal that broke 20 years ago.

Aside from getting her view across in the 20 hours of interviews she participated in for the A&E show, The Clinton Affair, her name has attracted attendees at conferences about shame and bullying across the world. "He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college".

'I just felt bad ... and I was scared ... and I was mortified, ' she says while trying to regain her composure.

She noted Clinton's answer in another interview where he was asked why he entered into an inappropriate relationship with an intern and answered: "Because I could".

According to her, she was uncooperative as she felt she had to protect Bill Clinton.

In 2001, during one of her last major interviews before that hiatus, Lewinsky could barely cope when she caught a woman watching her at Il Cantinori restaurant in the East Village.

"At first she tried to look away, but the woman kept staring as if taking in a circus act; even as Monica reddened and fidgeted, she wouldn't stop", wrote Vanessa Grigoriadis in NY magazine.

"Bye-bye, Lewinsky scandal", she wrote in an essay in Vanity Fair last week, explaining her decision to speak out for the series.

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Lewinsky recounted how Clinton warned her that she could face questioning as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by another woman, Paula Jones. The next year, she went viral with a TED talk on "The Price of Shame".

'She [has] decided, I think.to just take charge of her own timetable.'

In a piece for Vanity Fair earlier this week, she also addressed Clinton's recent comments about how he shouldn't have to apologize personally to Lewinsky, despite being in a position of power over her.

"Bill gave me this box which had a hat pin and he said, 'Because you know, you always look so cute in hats, '" remembers Lewinsky. It starts with a "crush" that, over time, turns into "flirtatious encounters".

Exceptions include an outing to Alan Cumming's NY nightlife spot Club Cumming for her birthday this July, where she even performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow in front of the crowd which sang Happy Birthday back to her.

Afterward, the crowd serenaded her with a round of "Happy Birthday". To keep his attention, she said she wore the same outfit two days in a row. "He would be a better man for it", Lewinsky wrote.

"Going out there into the world isn't that easy to her", added the source of Lewinsky.

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