Infamous former White House intern Monic Lewinksy, whose affair with president Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, has opened up about the relationship in Vanity Fair.
Lewinksy, 40, described her affair with the then-president as a “consensual relationship”, but something that she now ‘deeply regrets’.
She confesses to the magazine that Clinton took advantage of her, but that he did not abuse his position as her “boss”. However, she did feel that she was made a “scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position” as the story broke and Clinton attempted to avoid questions about the sexual nature of their relationship as he was investigated by Ken Starr.
Lewinsky said that the public humiliation she faced as a result of the media frenzy about the affair, led by the Drudge Report, made her suicidal.
Clinton was eventually impeached by the House of Representatives for lying under oath about his relationship with his intern, but was acquitted by the Senate.
Lewinksy’s decision to open up about her affair comes as Hillary Clinton makes preparations for an expected presidential run in 2016, with an aim of becoming the United States’ first female president.