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Monica Lewinsky: I was ‘virgin to humiliation’

Former White House intern said she became ‘most humiliated woman in the world’ after affair with Bill Clinton

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In Monica Lewinsky’s first television interview in 10 years, the former White House intern said that she went from a “a virgin to humiliation” to “the most humiliated woman in the world” after her affair with former President Bill Clinton.

Lewinsky, who nearly brought down Clinton's presidency with her relationship with him in the 1990s, said that she was "a virgin to humiliation,” before the scandal was exposed and described the media reports as a "violation."

"I was the most humiliated woman in the world," she said, according to a preview of the National Geographic interview shown on Tuesday.

President Clinton is shown in a photo from evidence gathered by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in the White House sex scandal investigation in 1998. (Reuters)
President Clinton is shown in a photo from evidence gathered by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in the White House sex scandal investigation in 1998. (Reuters)

"To be called stupid and a s*** and a bimbo, and ditzy and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating," she added.

The affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1999 by the House of Representatives; however he was acquitted by the Senate and was allowed to complete his second term in 2001.

She recollected the day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on the scandal, including accurate details about her affair with Clinton, and labeled it as one of the worst days of her life.

After the scandal broke out, Lewinsky dropped from sight, however her name reemerged in U.S. political discourse in February. At that time, Clinton called her "a narcissistic looney-tune" in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.

Lewinsky's silence was broken when she published her story in an article for Vanity Fair magazine earlier this year. She stated that she deeply regretted the event and was "determined to have a different ending" in her story.

Clinton spoke about the affair last month stating she had barely given Lewinsky any thought but wished her luck.