In this piece, she described her relationship with Bill Clinton as a “gross abuse of power,” explained she probably doesn’t fit in the #MeToo movement, and spoke about the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered because of the unpleasant controversy.
Writing for the famous magazine, the former White House intern looks back at the affair with the former president and points out that he was definitely “a sexual predator.”
In addition, she goes on to say that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were examples of “grit and grace” because of the way they went through that difficult period.
During that time, Lewinsky was forced to remain silent because of the “legal quarantine” as former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr forced even her mother to testify against her in the court. Basically, it was a desperate move to save the president of the United States from one of the most shameful controversies in the history.
Early in the essay, Lewinsky reveals that she never met Starr during the probe. She described Starr as someone quite “creepy” and says that his constant touching left her feeling extremely “uncomfortable” after she ran into the special prosecutor while out to dinner with her family.
Apparently, she was just being seated at the restaurant in New York City when she noticed Starr, who was leaving the place. According to Lewinsky, he asked her a couple of times if she was “doing ok.” In the essay, she pointed out that it was quite ironic the way he sounded like he was truly worried about her, considering the way he made her life “a living hell.”
While the former White House intern wrote that she was quite “thrown,” she eventually mustered up the courage to express what she had waited two decades to say to Starr.
Lewinsky wrote that while she really wishes she had made different choices back in those days, she also wishes he and his office had handled it differently as well.
She also explained that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a lot of people have apologized to her for what she was forced to endure 20 years ago. Nevertheless, she made it clear that some people don’t see her as a victim.
It was on this particular point where Lewinsky admitted that she doesn’t know what is her real place in the movement, considering the details of what happened with Bill Clinton.
At the time the affair began between the intern and the president in November 1995, Lewinsky was a 22-year-old White House employee while Clinton was 49-years-old.
As everyone remembers, the former president initially denied having sexual relations with Lewinsky in a sworn deposition in January 1998. Clinton went so far as to claim that the two were never even alone together inside the White House.
What Clinton didn’t know at the time was that Lewinsky had already revealed to Linda Tripp that they were together nine times between the first encounter and March of 1997. In addition, she told Tripp about the two engaging in oral sex multiple times.
The controversial affair became public 24 hours after Bill Clinton’s sworn testimony, at which point Tripp gave tapes of the intern to Kenneth Starr.
At the time, this man was pursuing not only the famous Whitewater controversy but also Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual harassment of former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones.
Even after the report broke, Clinton continued to deny reports that he had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. Believe it or not, he even made that claim in a nationally televised White House news conference.
A couple of months later, Bill Clinton admitted the truth and claimed that his definition of sexual relations differed from that of others.
This controversial situation resulted in the House voting to impeach him on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in December of 1998. The vote moved to the Senate.
This institution then acquitted him of those charges when it failed to achieve the two-thirds vote necessary to remove him from the office.
Tripp had worked in the Pentagon alongside the former intern when she opened up to her about her relations with Clinton.
It was later revealed that Tripp taped their conversations for months. Eventually, she handed these recordings to Starr in order to avoid facing wiretapping charges.
Prior to that, Tripp handed the controversial tapes over to Paula Jones’ lawyers. At the time, she was suing Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.
A few months later, the former president settled with Jones when her legal team decided to launch an appeal.