New Delhi: Monica Lewinsky has broken a decade of virtual silence by writing a magazine article in which she addresses her affair with President Clinton – hoping, she says, to put her past behind her once and for all.
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.