Monica Lewinsky gained international notoriety in 1996 when she was accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” with former President Bill Clinton during his term. The affair was a worldwide scandal and welcomed an unfortunate reputation for both President Clinton and Monica.
At the time, Monica was in her early twenties working as a White House intern. During her year and a half at The White House, Monica admitted to nine sexual encounters with the married president.
Monica’s 16-month long romance with former President Clinton has had its fair share of consequences. While Clinton swore “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" during a nation-wide conference, Monica remained hidden from the critical public eye.
What followed was catastrophic for Monica Lewinsky. Her name would forever hold a shameful story. Former President Clinton testified privately while Monica testified in person. She was ultimately granted transactional immunity for her testimony.
Today, more than 20 years later, Monica’s mistakes still follow her. During an interview hosted with the Israel Television News Company, Monica and host, Yonit Levi, sat across from each other when Yonit asked a question regarding the White House scandal.
Yonit asked, “Recently in an interview with NBC News, former President Clinton was rather irate when he was asked if he ever apologized to you personally. Do you still expect that apology, the personal apology?”
Monica raised the mic up to her mouth, and let our the most shocking response. She simply said, “I’m so sorry, I’m not going to be able to do this.”
The crowd was shocked! Yonit reached for Monica’s arm and said: “Sorry Monica, I didn’t think it was insulting." But it was too late, Monica was already walking off of the stage.”
WATCH: Monica Lewinsky said Tuesday that she stormed offstage at a #Jerusalem speaking event because of an interviewer’s “off limits” question about former President Bill Clinton. . The former White House intern turned anti-bullying activist tweeted that there were agreed-upon parameters regarding the topics of her televised conversation Monday night with a well-known #Israeli news anchor, following a conference speech she gave about the perils of the internet. . Lewinsky called Yonit Levi’s first question about her relationship with Clinton a “blatant disregard for our agreement.” . Levi, the main anchor of Israel’s top-rated evening newscast, asked Lewinsky if she still expected a personal apology from Clinton over the fallout of the scandal of their affair 20 years ago. Lewinsky responded: “I’m so sorry. I’m not going to be able to do this.” She then put down her microphone and walked offstage. . In a tweet several hours later, Lewinsky said she had been misled. “In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits,” she explained. “I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative. To the audience: I’m very sorry that this talk had to end this way.” #monicalewinsky
The crowd couldn’t believe what just happened. Monica knew that she needed to address her sudden ending to the interview, so she took to Twitter to share why she walked off: “After a talk today on the perils and positives of the Internet, there was to be a 15-minute conversation to follow up on the subject of my speech (not a news interview). There were clear parameters about what we would be discussing and what we would not. In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked for first, she had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits,” Lewinsky wrote.
She continued: “When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me I had been misled. I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative. To the audience: I’m very sorry that this talk had to end this way.”
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