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Regrets? She's had a few, Lewinsky says of Clinton scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened.

Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop "tiptoeing around my past -- and other people's futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story."

Her affair with Clinton was one between consenting adults and the public humiliation she suffered altered the direction of her life, she wrote.

"Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position," she said in excerpts of the article published on the magazine's website.

Lewinsky added, "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened."

The affair led to Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives in 1999. The Senate acquitted him and Clinton completed his second term in 2001.

Lewinsky dropped from sight after the scandal. She got a master's degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and has lived in Los Angeles, New York and Portland, Oregon.

"I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn't feel like the right thing to do," she said.

Lewinsky said she was strongly tempted to kill herself several times during the investigations and in one or two periods after.

Her name resurfaced in U.S. political discourse in February, when former first lady and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her "a narcissistic loony toon" in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential contender, accused Democrats of "hypocrisy" for claiming to back women's rights while giving Bill Clinton a pass for his "predatory" behavior towards Lewinsky.

Spokesmen for the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation in New York had no immediate comment on the article.

Lewinsky said she was motivated to speak out by the 2010 suicide of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after a video of him kissing a man was streamed online.

"I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet," Lewinsky wrote.

Her goal "is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums."

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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mslorijohnston May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM

Lewisnky is full of XXXX. All she had to do was change her name before entering grad school. No employer would have known who she was. That was 20 years ago and she could have just said her new name. And why did she wait TWO years after that teens suicide to come forth. Timing for the election. that's all it's about. who's she kidding.

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Lois May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM

She was an idiot then, and now she's older she's a bigger idiot. Hope she enjoys the publicity.

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tizzmine May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM


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onthemove1020 May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM

Just another need for 15 minutes of fame.....go back home and repent some more....to say you have regret now...what a joke you are....and I shouldn't even acknowledge you...just makes you think you are significant to others....YOU ARE NOT!

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kingofswords72 onthemove1020 May 08 2014 at 1:00 PM

Lewinsky doesn't need to repent, that's what the day of atonement is for.

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md44clark May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM

Why is the woman always blamed? Clinton is a pathological womanizer who had to go for sexual addiction counseling. As the old adage goes, it takes two to tango. Now fathers are being tagged by DNA testing to pay child support. It seems to me that it is time for Clinton to apologize to Monica!!! He truly did take advantage of her.

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dotlhs56 May 08 2014 at 12:52 PM

Monica is trying to cause trouble and rub salt in old wounds. It is time for her to find another subject. She evidently needs attention and knows no other way. The Clintons are not my favorites but enough is enough.

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Gail & Bill May 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” that is all I have to say.

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sglimms Gail & Bill May 08 2014 at 12:57 PM

I TOTALLY agree. Excellent comment!

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rcastl2335 May 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

And you know, make a buck.

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& Be Blessed May 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

Wow, if it wasn't obvious the ga ga eyeing was taking place. Takes two to tango and tangle. I know shes the victim right. They both are. BUT hes married and was the president.

Monica appears obsessed with him in the pictures. Still is by going on and on about her affiar with him.

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jefgain May 08 2014 at 12:54 PM

Affair? She performed ********. She has the honor of having it named "A Lewinsky. She saved the DNA on the dress for what reason? Give me a break. Go away and stay away.

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