By Judy Kurtz
Monica Lewinsky describes herself as the “most humiliated woman in the world” in her first on-camera interview in more than 10 years.
The former White House intern — who penned an essay for Vanity Fair last month — talked about the sex scandal that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in a new special from National Geographic called “The '90s: The Last Great Decade?”
The day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr released his report divulging details of Lewinsky’s affair with the then-commander-in-chief was “one of the worst days of my life,” said Lewinsky.
“I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that day,” she said.
“To have my narrative ripped from me, and turned into the Starr report, and things that were turned over or things they delved out of my computer that I thought were deleted. I mean it was just violation after violation,” she said.
The remarks are similar to statements she made in her magazine piece. In the glossy mag, she described herself as “the most humiliated person in the world” and wrote, “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”
Lewinsky, who was in her early twenties at the time of the affair, talks of the press coverage at the time, contending her gender played a part: “To be in the vortex of this media maelstrom was quite alarming, and frightening. And confusing. I think a lot, too, had to do with the fact that I was a woman.”
She says, “To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating.”
“The '90s: The Last Great Decade?” begins Sunday, July 6, at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.