Monica Lewinsky says Bill Clinton was “completely inappropriate” during their relationship, despite consenting to sex with the world’s most powerful man.
Talking to CNN to promote his new FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story”, Ms. Lewinsky anchor and one-time . Said to love interest Jake Tapper stated that his consent did not make the actions of his former boss acceptable.
“I certainly wasn’t considered a victim at the time, and I tend to dance around victim language a lot, but I think it’s really important to remember in today’s world that we should never reach a place where Consent was a question,” Ms Lewinsky said.
“So it was completely unfair to be the most powerful person, my boss, 49. I was 22, literally just out of college. And I think the difference in power is something I’ve ever been to 22.” Couldn’t fathom the consequences which I clearly understand so differently at 48.
The Clinton-Lewinsky case has gained attention in recent years, starting with the #MeToo movement, accelerating with the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and continuing with actress Rose McGowan’s taunts at Hillary Clinton.
Clinton’s friendship with a convicted pedophile has been a source of constant speculation, while Ms McGowan has recently tweeted To Ms. Clinton that “she’s been in a hotel room with your husband and here comes the bomb”.
Ms Lewinsky has defended Mr Clinton’s actions in the past, saying that in the past she felt the only “abuse” came after she was made a scapegoat to defend her power and position.
“Of course my boss took advantage of me, but I will always stand firm on this point: It was a consensual relationship,” she wrote for Vanity Fair in 2014.
Four years later, she changed her position for the same magazine, writing whether that consent was relevant given the power imbalance between an intern and a president.
“Now, at 44, I am (just beginning) to consider the implications of such a vast power gap between a president and a White House intern,” she wrote.
“I am beginning to entertain the notion that the idea of consent may well be wrong in such a circumstance.”
Ms. Lewinsky served as a co-producer on the dramatization of her affair with the president, which lasted two years between 1995 and 1997, and was impeached in 1998.
Lewinsky, 48, is the same age as Clinton was during their affair two decades ago. The anti-bullying activist said she is now speaking more about the relationship as the Internet has evolved in the way that people who make mistakes are being harassed online.
“At this point, we were in a sort of social transformation, in a way, the social landscape was changing in terms of how many different issues we were looking at that were now ready,” she said.
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