Monica Lewinsky says she feels betrayed by Bill Clinton’s failure to acknowledge how he destroyed her life in his newly released memoirs.
In an interview with British broadcaster ITV to be shown on Friday, the former White House intern best known for her affair with the 42nd U.S. president says she was disappointed at how their relationship is addressed.
“I really didn’t expect him to talk in detail about the relationship,” she said, according to a partial transcript of the interview provided by ITV.
“But what I was hoping, and did expect was for him to acknowledge and correct the inaccurate and false statements that he, his staff and the (Democratic National Committee) made about me when they were trying to protect the presidency,” she said.
In response to Clinton’s recent remark to U.S. news show “60 Minutes” that he had the affair “for the worst possible reason — because I could,” Lewinsky said she “was really upset” when she first heard it.
“I have spent the past several years working so hard to just move on, and to try and build a life for myself,” said Lewinsky, 30, who has been a spokeswoman for diet company Jenny Craig and host of the reality TV show “Mr. Personality.”
Lewinsky, who told her own account of the affair in the 1999 book “Monica’s Story,” said she reluctantly spoke out about Clinton’s tome “My Life” because he tried to rewrite history.
“He says he was proud of the way that he defended the presidency, at my expense,” she said.
“In the process he destroyed me, and that was the way he was going to have to do that, to get through impeachment,” Lewinsky added. “I was a young girl and to hear him saying some of the things he was saying today — it’s a shame.”
Lewinsky insists during the ITV interview that she had a relationship with Clinton even though he never uses the word in the book, instead opting for “inappropriate encounter” on page 773 of the 957-page autobiography.
“This is something that I never wanted to talk about publicly and I know he wished had never become public. But this was a mutual relationship, from the way it started all the way through,” Lewinsky said.
Her affair with Clinton while he was in office and his subsequent denials of it led to his impeachment in December 1998 after a lengthy and expensive investigation by independent counsel Ken Starr.