[July 02, 2014]NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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, Lewinsky, who
became a constant punch line 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."
The affair led to Clinton being impeached by the House of
Representatives in 1999. The Senate acquitted him and 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,"
Lewinsky said. "I mean it was just violation after violation."
Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died out but
her name resurfaced in U.S. 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 friend.
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
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"
behavior towards Lewinsky.