Monica Lewinksy’s infamous affair with President Bill Clinton has followed her all of her life, but a new TV drama — American Crime Story: Impeachment — means she has the chance to give her side of the story. But where is Monica Lewinsky now?
But the infamous intern has since gotten older and has spoken out about her experience from a wiser perspective.
Since the media frenzy that surrounded the extra-marital affair, Lewinsky and Clinton’s relationship has become a historic political moment, and Lewinsky is now back in the headlines for a new TV show detailing the infamous events.
The drama is the third instalment of the American Crime Story series called ‘Impeachment’ and Lewinksy is one of the co-producer’s of the show.
But who is the once-infamous intern Monica Lewinsky and where is she now?
Where is Monica Lewinsky now?
Following the news of the affair, Monica released a book called ‘Monica’s Story’ in 1999 and agreed to be interviewed for TV – over this period it’s believed she made at least $1.5 million from media deals.
Some feminists publicly shamed Lewinsky for the affair, and in 1999, Lewinsky refused to sign an autograph in an airport, saying, “I’m kind of known for something that’s not so great to be known for.”
She has since said that knitting helped her get through the media frenzy, and she started her own knitted bag company in 1999 at the age of 26.
By 2000 she’d become famous within popular culture, appearing in TV adverts.
She moved to the West Village in New York where she was known as a socialite.
The ex-political intern then moved back to the UK where she became a correspondent on Channel 5.
In 2006, Lewinsky graduated with a master of science degree at the London School of Economics.
She spent the next decade in the UK shying away from the spotlight.
Now she is an anti-bulling advocate, having been subjected to various forms of abuse since the scandal became public knowledge.
Her involvement in producing the documentary is a significant development, though she has given several interviews about the affair before
“Some closest to me asked why would I want to revisit the most painful and traumatic parts of my life—again. Publicly. On-camera. With no control of how it will be used. A bit of a head-scratcher, as my brother is fond of saying.”
Lewinsky recently revealed that she does date, but is currently coy on her private life.
“I do date. I’m not married yet,” she said to People. “I don’t know if that will happen or not, and I’m more okay with that than I used to be.”
“I kinda feel if anybody has earned a right to have their romantic life private, it’s me.”
The Clinton Lewinsky affair
The affair took place on nine separate occasions – according to Lewinsky’s testimony, between 1995 and 1997.
Included in her testimony was evidence of a stained dress after a sexual encounter, as well as admissions it had taken place while Hillary Clinton was in the White House and while the president was on the phone.
It began in the November of 1995, months after the 21-year-old intern began work at the White House.
She was later moved to the Pentagon in April 1996, where she met Linda Tripp and began to tell her of the affair. Tripp secretly recorded conversations with Lewinsky
“I felt like every layer of my skin and my identity were ripped off of me in ’98 and ’99,” she later said to to The Guardian. “It’s a skinning of sorts. You feel incredibly raw and frightened. But I also feel like the shame sticks to you like tar.”
The affair came out in January 1998 when Clinton said publicly “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” He was later impeached in December that same year.
She told Vanity Fair in 2018 : “The debate over who gets to live in Victimville fascinates me, as a public person who has watched strangers discuss my own ‘victim’ status at length on social media.
“The person at the epicentre of the experience doesn’t necessarily get to decide.”