Monica Lewinsky: I was taken advantage of by Bill Clinton
After ba decade of silence over the affair with Bill Clinton that led to his eventual impeachment in 1998, Monica Lewinsky has finally decided to address the dramatic turn of events in a tell-all magazine column for Vanity Fair.
Now 40, Lewinsky claims that she has decided "it's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress" and to stop "tiptoeing" around her past.
Lewinsky wrote that the affair with the former US President, which happened when she was a 22-year-old White House intern, occurred between two consenting adults. However, she admitted she "deeply" regretted the relationship.
"Sure, my boss took advantage of me," she continued, "but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.
"The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor's minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power."
Lewinsky also responded to reports made public in February that Hillary Clinton, during the 1990s, had characterised her as a "narcissistic loony toon" in correspondence with friend Diane Blair.
Lewinsky wrote: "My first thought as I was getting up to speed: If that's the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky.
"Mrs Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband's affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him. Although she regarded Bill as having engaged in 'gross inappropriate behaviour,' the affair was, nonetheless, 'consensual'."