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Monica Lewinsky breaks silence on her affair with Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out: 'Bury The Blue Dress'

By CALVIN WOODWARD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Monica Lewinsky says there's no question her boss - Bill Clinton - "took advantage" of her when he was president.

But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton's inner circle tried to discredit her and the president's opponents used her as a political pawn.

The former White House intern, now 40, writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she's perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation.

Her willingness to step forward may come at an inopportune time as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers running for president. Republicans have signaled they don't consider her husband's scandal from the late 1990s out of bounds in the realm of 2016-style political dialogue.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a likely GOP presidential contender, answered criticisms of the Republican record on women's issues by saying in January that the last Democratic president engaged in "predatory behavior" with a woman, Lewinsky, who was 22 when her liaisons with Clinton began in 1995. Clinton's lies about the relationship contributed to his impeachment by the House in 1998; the Senate acquitted him.

Lewinsky writes that she deeply regrets the affair and made a point of staying silent through several presidential campaigns to avoid becoming a distraction. Now, she writes, it's time to stop "tiptoeing around my past - and other people's futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet."

Invoking her headwear from endlessly repeated TV clips and the stained garment considered as evidence against Clinton, she writes: "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

But these aren't her first public words on the scandal. Lewinsky broke her silence in 1999 with a blockbuster interview with Barbara Walters, gave several subsequent interviews and cooperated with author Andrew Morton on his book the same year, entitled "Monica's Story."

"Sure, my boss took advantage of me," she writes now, "but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any `abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."

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nucleansolutions May 06 2014 at 3:03 PM

Why talk now, put it to bed! Ha!

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moonraker3 nucleansolutions May 06 2014 at 3:10 PM

You Dems and Libs always want to bury the truth and hide by saying "let's move on"

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christinezc May 06 2014 at 3:05 PM

Interesting that this is just coming out now that Hillary will be making a presidential bid. Monica had PLENTY of time to come out with these comments about being "taken advantage of". Seems to me she threw herself at Clinton and practically stalked him.

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moonraker3 christinezc May 06 2014 at 3:09 PM

If a 22 year old can control the president of the US, you really insult Clinton. Leave it to a Dem!

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Joan Marie christinezc June 07 2014 at 4:21 AM

there are always 2 sides to a story . He was a womanizer because he wasn't getting what he needed from his wife .!

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Diane May 06 2014 at 3:05 PM

who cares???

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Judy Diane May 06 2014 at 3:12 PM

exactly, her 15 minutes was up years ago. Does anyone care - as Hillary has said (about a different issue) "what difference does it make at this time." Hillary has forgiven Bill, he is making a great deal of money writing books and at speaking engagements, their life has moved up and on. It is time Monica does too.

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Joan Marie Judy June 07 2014 at 4:23 AM

I agree full- hardheartedly with you

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JW Diane May 06 2014 at 3:15 PM

REALLY, WHO GIVES A DAMN. THIS OLD, DEAD STANK **** IS OF INTEREST TO NOBODY. IT'S A WRAP, LET IT GO, MONICA. SHE BROKE.

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rauleballie May 06 2014 at 3:05 PM

this is so old that I can't even think about it, she is done and had her moment of fame

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Dickie P May 06 2014 at 3:06 PM

Be careful what you wish for.

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leasingassoc May 06 2014 at 3:06 PM

"Why she's coming forward...". Why bring it up after all these years?

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Joe & Cynthia leasingassoc May 06 2014 at 3:34 PM

I agree, why now? What's in it for her?

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Joan Marie leasingassoc June 07 2014 at 4:25 AM

she's closing that door so she can move on freely with her life

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Denise May 06 2014 at 3:07 PM

amen

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aria007 May 06 2014 at 3:08 PM

You wake up to Madeline Albright, Hillary and Janet Reno. Monica shows up. Any questions? "Deeply regrets"...operative word:)

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Dora May 06 2014 at 3:08 PM

She was just a young out of control woman. He, on the other hand, was the adult in the room. I have no sympathy for him at all. He, after all, had a lot of other women on the string. Not good presidential material.

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Joan Marie Dora June 07 2014 at 4:27 AM

you're absolutely politically correct Dora . true clear words

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aktimex54 May 06 2014 at 3:08 PM

That's the entire legacy of the scumbag Clintons...stains on a cheap blue dress

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tps3rds aktimex54 May 06 2014 at 3:15 PM

How does it feel to know that a couple of "scumbags" are more successful than you will ever be? Guess that makes you lower than a scumbag, eh?

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Joan Marie tps3rds June 07 2014 at 4:29 AM

It depends on how you are using the word "scum bag " ehh?

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