Monica Samille Lewinsky, an American activist, television personality, fashion designer, and former White House intern who Bill Clinton admitted to having an affair with, has said that the former US President should apologize to her.
Monica, who co-produced a limited TV series about the sex scandal that nearly ended Clinton's presidency, which is also set to premiere on FX, said seeing the scandal that altered her life play out on screen was challenging.
The mini-series will focus on telling Monica's side of the notorious American tale, and she provided a hint of what to expect when "Today" host Savannah Guthrie asked if she has a message for Clinton.
The activist stated that Clinto should apologize for his actions, as she strongly insinuated that he never offered her one. She also stated that she no longer needs it.
"He should want to apologize in the same way I want to apologize any chance I get to people my actions have hurt.
"I'm nervous for people to see some of the worst moments of my life and a lot of behavior that I regret.
"I’ve really worn two hats in this project. I do not recommend watching your early 20s be dramatized on TV, especially in this instance where the truth really was stranger than fiction."
Monica gave notes on the script, but didn't have veto power. The activist claimed she made sure to include parts that might not feature her in the best light with the goal of making sure the series, while a dramatization, had "an enormous amount of emotional truth."
She added; "I shouldn’t get a pass. Truth and context were really missing at the beginning of 1998.
"I hope that those are all things that we brought to the show."
When asked if things would be different if such scandal played out in 2021, Monica said "I might have had a little bit of support," because of "conversations about power differentials" and social media allowing more people to be heard.
She futher stated; "I don’t know that it would be as different as people want it to be."
On Jan. 17, 1998, a 24-year-old Lewinsky was thrust into the public eye fast and hard. Her co-worker, Linda Tripp had secretly recorded her confessing to a relationship with then-President Bill Clinton. On that day, a Drudge Report headline that read "Newsweek Kills Story on White House Intern" changed Lewinsky's life forever.
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