Monica Lewinsky says her affair with Clinton was gross abuse of power

She stands by her 2014 comments that their relationship with Clinton was consensual

Monica Lewinsky says her affair with Clinton was gross abuse of power

She stands by her 2014 comments that their relationship with Clinton was consensual

28 February 2018 Wednesday 07:10
Monica Lewinsky says her affair with Clinton was gross abuse of power

Former White House intern in the reign of former U.S President Bill Clinton has said the relationship between her and Clinton was not sexual assault but constituted a gross abuse of power. 

Monica Lewinsky had an affair with former President Bill Clinton in the White House. The woman was 22 while Clinton was 49.

BBC reports that Lewinsky had written an article for Vanity Fair magazine reflecting on events after the #MeToo movement.

The British media said Lewinsky wrote that she was diagnosed with PTSD after the scandal, a condition caused by being outed and ostracised because their affair was revealed by the press and was presented to the court.

News of their relationship dominated the US news agenda in 1998 and 1999 after the president initially denied it before admitting to "inappropriate intimate physical contact" with the former White House intern. 

BBC said the woman wrote in the magazine that she stands by her 2014 comments that their relationship with Clinton was consensual ‘ but deliberates about the "vast power differentials" that existed between the two.

She admitted that at that time she had limited understanding of the costs and she regrets it till today.

"The dictionary definition of "consent"? To give permission for something to happen," she wrote.

Quoted by BBC, it read -"And yet what did the 'something' mean in this instance, given the power dynamics, his position, and my age?...He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better."

Her tweet by @MonicaLewinsky she wrote "Isolation is such a powerful tool to the subjugator. And yet I don't believe I would have felt so isolated had it all happened today," she writes.

"There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don't have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power."

BBC

Updated: 28.02.2018 11:06
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