MONICA Lewinsky “didn’t have a voice” during the Bill Clinton sex scandal, says an actress starring in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Annaleigh Ashford, who plays Paula Jones in the FX series premiering on Tuesday, September 7, spoke out about how Lewinsky – who is one of the series producers – Jones, and Linda Tripp were treated at the time.
“[Monica] didn’t have a voice and Paula Jones didn’t have a voice, Linda Tripp didn’t have a voice. We don’t know their perspective and their story. It was, at the time, told through the male lens,” Ashford told The New York Daily News.
Clinton, then 49, denied the affair with White House intern Lewinsky; Tripp recorded Lewinsky speaking about the affair and handed the tapes over to federal lawyers; Jones accused Clinton of sexual harassment when he was the governor of Arkansas, alleging he exposed himself to her.
The case was settled in 1998 when he paid out $850,000 – but the accusations triggered the Starr Report and the Senate impeachment that almost ended his presidency and is the focus of American Crime Story.
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BILL CLINTON SPILLS ABOUT MARITAL TROUBLES
Speaking in a new explosive documentary which will air on Hulu about his wife, called “Hillary”, he revealed the pair underwent “painful” marriage counselling after his affair.
His relationship with Lewinsky in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, and the public backlash resulted in her feeling like “the most humiliated woman in the world”.
And he has now recalled the moment he told his wife “exactly what happened” and said he “felt terrible about it”, according to a clip published by DailyMail.com.
Clinton said: “I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it.”
WHO WAS LINDA TRIPP?
Linda Rose Tripp was an American civil servant.
Tripp secretly recorded intern Monica Lewinsky’s boasts about having an affair with former president Bill Clinton, before handing it over to investigators.
CLINTON SPOTTED WITH FRIENDS OF EPSTEIN
Clinton, 75, was pictured boarding a yacht with Alfonso and Pepe Fanjul in Sag Harbor, New York, on Tuesday.
Both Clinton and Pepe Fanjul were close to convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein and appeared in his “black book” with wealthy and influential contacts, reports claim.
The Fanjul brothers who own a sugar and real estate empire worth over $8 billion have been close to the Clinton family for decades.
Alfonso “Alfy”, 84, is a longtime Democratic donor, while Jose “Pepe” 77, donated to Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
LEWINSKY SPILLS ABOUT NEW SERIES
On August 6, Lewinsky spoke to Vanity Fair about the series, saying: “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades.
“In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been fully able to reclaim my narrative.”
Additionally, she participated in a question and answer segment with Vanity Fair and revealed that her “greatest regret” in life is “that some of my choices have caused others suffering,” Lewinsky said.
Lewinsky is one of the producers of the FX drama.
WHEN WAS THE AFFAIR REVEALED?
News of Clinton and Lewinsky’s relationship broke in January 1998.
On January 26, 1998, Clinton stated: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” in a nationally televised White House news conference.
The matter instantly occupied the news media, and Lewinsky spent the next weeks hiding from public attention in her mother’s residence at the Watergate complex.
CAST OF IMPEACHMENT POSES AT THE PREMIERE
Since the scandal broke, 48-year-old Lewinsky tried to reinvent herself a number of times.
In September 1999, she became a handbag designer with accessories bearing her name.
In April the following year, she became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, Inc, while in March 2002 she appeared in the HBO special, Monica in Black and White, part of the America Undercover series.
She then moved overseas and in January 2007 she graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master of Science degree.
CLINTON ALLEGEDLY SPILLED TO EPSTEIN ABOUT AFFAIR
Clinton told Jeffrey Epstein he slept with Monica Lewinsky because she was the “only girl in the White House” during the 1995 government shutdown, a new book claims.
Late pedophile Epstein reportedly claimed the former president made the remark during a flight to Africa on Epstein’s private plane in 2002.
An upcoming book, A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein, by journalists Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper, claims Epstein had been puzzled by Clinton’s willingness to risk his reputation to have an affair with a woman he thought was “too unattractive to sleep with”.
SARAH PAULSON ADDRESSES ‘FAT SUIT’ CONTROVERSY
As the series is about to premier, Paulson has opened up about her role and revealed that she regrets wearing a fat suit to portray Tripp.
“It’s very hard for me to talk about this without feeling like I’m making excuses,” she told the The Los Angeles Times.
“There’s a lot of controversy around actors and fat suits, and I think that controversy is a legitimate one. I think fat phobia is real. I think to pretend otherwise causes further harm and it is a very important conversation to be had.”
LEWINSKY TWEETS STRONG PRO-ABORTION MESSAGE
CLINTON SPEAKS OUT ABOUT AFFAIR
As Lewinsky has sought to change the public commentary on herself in recent years, Clinton himself has spoken out about the affair in recent years, claiming that he had oral sex with the intern to ease his own “anxieties.”
Speaking in the Hulu documentary “Hillary” last year, he revealed the pair went through “painful” marriage counseling after his affair.
He also recalled the moment he told his wife “exactly what happened” and said he “felt terrible about it.”
“She said you have to tell your daughter. She said that’s worse than me. So I did that, which was awful.”
LEWINSKY WAS A WHITE HOUSE INTERN
Lewinsky began working in the White House as an intern in July 1995 in the office of President Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, before becoming an employee of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
She obtained the internship through a family friend and relocated to DC as a recent college graduate.