Vanity Fair announced today a coming article from Monica Lewinsky reflecting on her affair 19 years ago with President Bill Clinton, “global humiliation” via the Internet and how she believes she was made a scapegoat by the Clinton administration, prosecutors and others in the controversy.
Politico summarizes here.
Vanity Fair has some excerpts here.
Maintaining that her affair with Clinton was one between two consenting adults, Lewinsky writes that it was the public humiliation she suffered in the wake of the scandal that permanently altered the direction of her life: “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. . . . 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.”
She said her history has kept her from getting jobs. She said she decided to speak publicly in part as a reaction to the suicide of a Rutgers freshman, Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after being outed as gay by a secretly streamed webcam.
Lewinsky writes that following Clementi’s tragedy “my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?” She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”