Anyone who saw the news in 1998 will remember the scandalous story of US President Bill Clinton and his assistant Monica Lewinsky – but where is it now?
A new ten-part series focuses on the stormy events that led to Clinton’s impeachment that same year – and Monica took center stage.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Impeachment: American Crime Story series, and what has happened to Monica Lewinsky since then.
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Who is Monika Lewinsky?
Monica Samille Lewinsky was born on July 23, 1973 in San Francisco, California.
She grew up in a wealthy family who later moved to Beverly Hills
Monica attended Sinai Akiba Academy, a religious school, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995.
Thanks to family connections, she secured an unpaid summer internship at the White House in July 1995.
Monica then moved to a paid position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in December 1995.
What is Monica Lewinsky famous for?
Monica fell into the spotlight when her affair with Bill Clinton made headlines around the world.
After the news broke, Monica claimed she had nine sexual encounters with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office between November 1995 and March 1997.
According to her, it was fellatio and other sexual acts, but not intercourse.
In April 1996, Monica Lewinsky’s superiors transferred her from the White House to the Pentagon.
That was because they felt like she was spending too much time with Clinton.
At the Pentagon, she worked as assistant to the Pentagon chief’s spokesman, Kenneth Bacon.
There she told her colleague Linda Tripp about her relationship with Bill Clinton.
Without Monica’s knowledge, Linda Tripp began secretly recording her phone calls and eventually leaked them.
Linda also convinced Monica Lewinsky to save the gifts Clinton had given her during their relationship.
Linda also warned Monica against dry cleaning a blue dress stained with Clinton’s sperm.
The former US president is also said to have inserted a cigar into Monica’s vagina.
News of the affair became known in January 1998.
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Did Monica Lewinsky have an affair with Bill Clinton?
The short answer is yes, but he denied it.
Bill Clinton famously said under oath, “I had no sexual relationship with this woman.”
He also said, “There is no such thing as a sexual relationship, an inappropriate sexual relationship, or any other type of inappropriate relationship.”
But he lied.
And because he lied under oath, he was eventually charged (charged with misconduct).
It wasn’t the first time Clinton had faced allegations of sexual misconduct.
Former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones has filed a civil lawsuit against him alleging he sexually molested her.
Bill’s wife, Hillary, was with him all the time.
Where is Monica Lewinsky now?
Monica, now 48, describes herself as an anti-bullying activist, fashion designer and television personality.
She became famous overnight – for all the wrong reasons.
But that came with shame, ridicule, and all the other nasty stuff that comes with being in the center of a political storm.
In March 1999 she worked with Andrew Morton on his book Monica’s Story.
In September 1999 she launched a line of handbags bearing her name under the company name The Real Monica, Inc.
Later in 2000, Monica worked as a UK correspondent for Channel 5.
On her show Monica’s Postcards she reported on US culture and trends.
In 2005, Monica stepped down from the limelight to study social psychology at the London School of Economics.
In May 2014 she reappeared in public when she wrote an essay for Vanity Fair magazine entitled “Shame and Survival”.
Monica said that her relationship with Bill Clinton was amicable.
However, she admits that it was because of his age and influence to have been an “abuse of power” Clinton.
She added that after the affair was discovered, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The former White House intern co-produced Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Impeachment: American Crime Story on BBC Two
Impeachment: American Crime Story is a new ten-part, face-based crime drama.
It focuses on the events that led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998.
Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein plays intern Monica Lewinsky alongside Clive Owens’ Bill Clinton.
American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson portrays Linda Tripp, Monica’s so-called friend, who brought the whole affair to light.
Sopranos star Edie Falco plays Hillary Clinton.
Colin Hanks – star of Jumanji and son of Tom – portrays Mike Emmick.
Impeachment: American Crime Story begins Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 9:15 p.m. on BBC Two.
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