Monica Lewinsky opens up that she wants to apologize to Hillary Clinton, but in person

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 15, 2018
11:44 A.M.

“The Clinton Affair” is a documentary that was created largely by women, according to Monica Lewinsky. It will premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.


The documentary tackles a more in-depth look into the affair that Lewinsky had with then-President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky also addressed the documentary in a Vanity Affair article released on Tuesday.

Twenty years ago, Monica Lewinsky, 45, infamously had an affair with then-President Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern. The anti-bullying activist and authoress revisited the affair in an upcoming documentary series called “The Clinton Affair.”

She also wrote a piece for “Vanity Fair” where she explained why she’d decided to take part in the documentary.

The authoress of “The Monica: Her Story” shared that her belief that in order “to move forward,” she must:

“…excavate, often painfully, what has gone before … That’s exactly where we need to start to heal — with the past. But it’s not easy.”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. In her piece, she also tackled memories of impeachment testimonies, the Starr Report, and more.

Lewinsky also expressed the grief she’d suffered over the years because society dismissed her as “That Woman.” The authoress then turned her attention to remorse.

The former White House intern explained that, even though she has already apologized to Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, she would be grateful to do it again. However, this time she hoped it would be face-to-face.


She wrote:

“And if I were to see Hillary Clinton in person today, I know that I would summon up whatever force I needed to again acknowledge to her — sincerely — how very sorry I am.”

Lewinsky confessed to having written letters apologizing to others who were involved in the 1998 scandal including people who also wronged her.

She added:


“I believe that when we are trapped by our inability to evolve, by our inability to empathize humbly and painfully with others, then we remain victims ourselves.”

Speaking off apologies, in an interview in June, former president Bill faced criticism for saying that he didn’t believe he should have to apologize directly to Lewinsky. His reasoning was that he’d already publicly apologized to her 20-years before.


Speaking about that, Lewinsky wrote:

“Bill Clinton should want to apologize. I’m less disappointed by him, and more disappointed for him. He would be a better man for it … and we, in turn, a better society.”


The authoress’s anti-bullying campaign is called #DefyTheName. The main message behind it is: “don’t let the names that other people choose to call you define you. And don’t let being bullied define your future, either.”

The Lewinsky affair was a political sex scandal that involved then- President Bill who was 49 at the time and old Lewinsky who was 22. Their sexual relationship occurred between 1995 and 1997 and came to light in 1998.

In late January 1998, Bill had ended a televised speech with the declaration that he "did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." He later confessed to having the affair with her.

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