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Monica Lewinsky says she was 'most humiliated woman in the world'

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Monica Lewinsky 'in the vortex'

For the first time in 10 years Monica Lewinsky has given a TV interview about her infamous sex scandal with then-President Bill Clinton.

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New York: 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, Ms Lewinsky, who became a constant punchline for late-night comedians, is part of a National Geographic documentary, The '90s: The Last Great Decade? that airs on Sunday.

"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 on Tuesday. "To be called stupid and a slut and a bimbo, and ditzy and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating."

Former White House Monica Lewinsky in 1998 at the height of the scandal that almost brought down a president.

Former White House Monica Lewinsky in 1998 at the height of the scandal that almost brought down a president. Photo: Reuters

The affair led to President Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives in 1999. The Senate acquitted him and Mr 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," Ms Lewinsky said. "I mean it was just violation after violation."

Ms Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died out but her name resurfaced in US 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 family friend.

Ms 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" behaviour towards Ms Lewinsky. 

Reuters

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