Notorious White House intern Monica Lewinsky doesn’t need an apology from former President Bill Clinton, but thinks he “should want to apologize” for the scandal.
Lewinsky serves as a producer on FX’s new ten-episode series “American Crime Story: Impeachment,” which details the pair’s torrid affair and resulting 1998 impeachment trial.
In a recent interview, she explained how she found the strength to publicly examine what happened “between the most powerful man in the world and an unpaid intern less than half his age.”
“For me, at 22 there was this combination of the awe of being at the White House, the awe of the presidency and the awe of this man who had an amazing energy and charisma was paying attention to me,” she detailed. “I was enamored with him, like many others. He had a charisma to him – and it was a lethal charm and I was intoxicated.”
Lewinsky believes a lot of people that have found themselves in similar situations to hers. “It might be a professor or a boss, your immediate supervisor at your job,” she remarked. “We think we’re on his terra firma in our early twenties and yet we’re really on this quicksand. [You think], I’m an adult now. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t get a rental car without a parental signature.”
The affair has had a lasting impact on her life. “In the first few years after the scandal, I ran away and went to graduate school and thought, I’ll go to another country and get a master’s degree and get a job,” she explained. “I’m going to get married and have kids and everyone will forget that Monica Lewinsky. But that didn’t work. A lot of what had to happen was integration. Well, this is what happened.”
Clinton was impeached but acquitted, and has since refused to discuss the scandal. Lewinsky thinks he should want to apologize, but doesn’t long for one from the former president.
“There was a long period before my life changed in the last six or seven years, where I felt a lot in terms of there not being this resolution,” Lewinsky commented on the “Today” show. “I’m very grateful that I don’t have that feeling anymore. I don’t need it.”
“He should want to apologize in the same way I want to apologize any chance I get to people my actions have hurt,” she added.