Suddenly, 20 years after she exploded onto the scene but then all but disappeared, Monica Lewinsky is back.
Why, you ask? Who knows. But Lewinsky is starring in the new A&E docuseries, “The Clinton Affair,” so be ready for endless headlines about the presidential affair that shook the nation.
Lewinsky recently penned a piece for Vanity Fair in which she addresses why she decided to participate in the series. And she debates (mostly with herself) whether she's a victim or a vixen. "That’s a question as old as time immemorial: Madonna or Whore? Predator or Prey? Dressed scantily or appropriately? Is she telling the truth or lying? (Who will believe thee, Isabel?) And it’s a question that is still debated about women in general. And about me," she writes.
But the woman nicknamed the "portly pepperpot" by the New York Post concedes that she played a role in the seduction of the president. She said she had a "crush" on President Clinton and that she often flirted with him, even going so far as to "intentionally leaving her underwear exposed on one occasion to get his attention," the Post reported.
At a 1995 birthday party for a White House staffer attended by the president, Lewinsky realized that her underwear was protruding from the rear of her pants, she recalled in “The Clinton Affair,” a new A&E documentary series.
“Instead of pulling my trousers up, like I would in any other instance, I didn’t,” said Lewinsky. “It was unnoticeable to everybody else in the room, but [Clinton] noticed.”
“As I passed George Stephanopoulos’s office, I kind of looked into the open doorway,” she said. “And Bill happened to be standing there. And he motioned me in — I don’t think my heart had ever beat that fast.
“Unbeknownst to me, I was on the precipice of the rabbit hole.”
Lewinsky testified that between November 1995 and March 1997, she had nine sexual encounters in the Oval Office with Clinton, which included fellatio and other sexual acts, but not sexual intercourse.
And the 22-year-old White House intern was flattered by the attentions of the 49-year-old president.
“It’s not as if it didn’t register with me that he was the president,” Lewinsky said. “Obviously it did. But … the truth is, I think it meant more to me that someone who other people desired, desired me. However wrong it was … for who I was in that very moment, at 22 years old, that was how it felt.”
The six-part series premieres on A&E at 9 p.m. on Sunday.