Regrets? She's had a few, Lewinsky says of Clinton scandal

Thu May 8, 2014 6:58am EDT
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened.

Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop “tiptoeing around my past -- and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story."

Her affair with Clinton was one between consenting adults and the public humiliation she suffered altered the direction of her life, she wrote.

"Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position," she said in excerpts of the article published on the magazine's website.

Lewinsky added, "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened."

The affair led to Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives in 1999. The Senate acquitted him and Clinton completed his second term in 2001.

Lewinsky dropped from sight after the scandal. She got a master's degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and has lived in Los Angeles, New York and Portland, Oregon.

“I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do,” she said.

Lewinsky said she was strongly tempted to kill herself several times during the investigations and in one or two periods after.   Continued...

 
President Clinton greets Monica Lewinsky (L) at a Washington fundraising event in October 1996. REUTERS/File