Ken Starr: I don't owe Monica Lewinsky an apology for Clinton investigation

Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr said Sunday he doesn't believe he owes Monica Lewinsky an apology for the way she was treated during his probe into allegations that she had an affair with then-President Clinton.

Lewinsky recently disclosed that she ran into Starr at a restaurant in Manhattan, marking the only meeting between the two. Lewinsky said she deserved an apology from Starr, but did not receive one.

Starr said on CBS News's "Face the Nation" that he did not believe an apology was needed.

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"With all due respect, Monica — and I wish her all the best — her life has been disrupted. But the evidence is the evidence, and she was part, as we saw it, of an effort to obstruct justice and to commit perjury," Starr said.

Starr led the investigation into allegations that Clinton committed perjury and obstructed justice when he denied having an affair with Lewinsky. The investigation led to Clinton's impeachment, though he was acquitted by the Senate.

Lewinsky, who was a 22-year-old intern when her involvement with Clinton began, faced an onslaught of attention and criticism from tabloids and the media when the affair came to light.

The scandal received new life this week when Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday that he has not personally apologized to Lewinsky.

Asked directly by NBC News's Craig Melvin if he owed Lewinsky an apology, Clinton pointed to the public apology he offered at the time.

“No, I do not," he said in an interview that aired Monday. “I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”

Clinton faced pushback from Democrats and Republicans for his comments. Clinton later said he was mad at himself after watching the interview.