The former White House intern whose affair with then-President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment has a message for the world – don’t call it the ‘Monica Lewinsky scandal.’
Lewinsky on Tuesday took to Twitter and hit out at CNN’s HLN network for promoting a new two-hour documentary looking back at the saga.
‘HLN to revisit “The Monica Lewinsky Scandal” with two-hour special,’ read the announcement on Twitter.
Lewinsky re-tweeted the post – but with the words ‘The Monica Lewinsky Scandal’ crossed out.
Instead, she drew two arrows and wrote new titles, including ‘The Starr Investigation’ and ‘The Clinton Impeachment.’
‘Fixed it for you,’ Lewinsky wrote. ‘You’re welcome.’
In 1998, it was learned that Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky, who was then a 22-year-old intern at the White House.
Lewinsky testified that she and the president had nine sexual encounters in the Oval Office between November 1995 and March 1997.
When the president’s aides noticed that their boss was spending too much time with Lewinsky in the White House, she was transferred to the Pentagon.
It was there that she met a co-worker, Linda Tripp.
The affair became public after Tripp secretly recorded conversations with her discussing the affair and passed them on to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel investigating Clinton for his role in an Arkansas land deal.
Both Clinton and Lewinsky denied having a sexual relationship under oath when testifying in the Paul Jones lawsuit accusing the then-president of sexual harassment.
Clinton first forcefully denied the allegations, saying in January that year in a public statement: ‘I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me … I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’
He eventually admitted in August 1998 to having an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky.
‘I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife,’ he said at the time. ‘I deeply regret that.
‘Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate.
‘In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.’
Clinton became only the second president in US history to be impeached by Congress.
He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.
After Clinton’s impeachment, a trial was held in the Senate, where Republicans fell short of the necessary amount of votes to remove him from office.
In the two decades since the scandal, Lewinsky has largely stayed out of the public eye – only to re-emerge in recent years as an advocate for preventing cyber-bullying.