In Vanity Fair Article, Monica Lewinsky Outlines Affair with President Clinton

Monica Lewinsky and her attorney, William Ginsburg, in a 1998 photo.
Monica Lewinsky and her attorney, William Ginsburg, in a 1998 photo. –AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Nearly two decades after beginning a secret sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is telling her story in an article she’s written for Vanity Fair.

In the upcoming article, now being previewed on the magazine’s website, Lewinsky, 40, expresses regret over the affair and refers to her relationship with Clinton as “consensual.’’

"Sure, my boss took advantage of me, 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."

Lewinsky also writes that she has turned down offers over the years that could have earned her more than $10 million “because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.’’

Lewinsky goes on to say that she hopes her words can help others who are suffering after having been humiliated. She suggests that she may hold the distinction of being “possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.’’


The full article will appear in the May 13 issue of Vanity Fair and will be available to online subscribers May 8, according to the magazine’s website.

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