Monica Lewinsky, pictured in 1997
Monica Lewinsky, the one-time White House intern whose
affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his
presidency, said she ended up feeling like "the most humiliated
woman in the world."
In her first television interview in a decade, Lewinsky, who
became a constant punch line for late-night comedians, is
part of a National Geographic documentary, "The '90s: The
Last Great Decade?" that airs on Sunday (local time).
"I was the most humiliated woman in the world," she said,
according to a preview of the interview that appeared on
NBC's "Today" show. "To be called stupid and a slut and a
bimbo, and ditzy and to be taken out of context, it was
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.
In the National Geographic interview, she recalled the day in
1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on
the scandal, including vivid details about her affair with
Clinton, has one of the worst in her life.
"I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that
day," Lewinsky said. "I mean it was just violation after
Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died
out but her name resurfaced in U.S. political discourse in
February, when former first lady and Democratic presidential
front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her "a
narcissistic looney-tune" in an article based on the papers
of a Clinton friend.
Lewinsky broke her long silence last month in an article for
Vanity Fair magazine, in which she said she deeply regretted
what had happened and was "determined to have a different
ending" to her story.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential
contender, accused Democrats of "hypocrisy" for claiming to
back women's rights while giving Bill Clinton a pass for his
"predatory" behavior towards Lewinsky.