Monica Lewinsky will appear Sunday in her first TV interview since 2003, in a National Geographic Channel special titled “The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?” For those out there who will simply die if they have to wait six whole days to hear what Bill Clinton’s most damning extramarital affair has to say about him and their relationship, the following NBC/USA Today clip has several sneak previews:
Says Lewinsky, now 40:
That was one of the worst days of my life. I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that day.
To have my narrative ripped from me, and turned into the Starr report, and things that were turned over or things they delved out of my computer that I thought were deleted. I mean it was just violation after violation.
The reference in the second paragraph is to the report by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr that came out on Sept. 11, 1998, detailing every private detail of her White House fling.
Other firsthand Lewinsky quotes from the upcoming documentary include:
To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating.
To be in the vortex of this media maelstrom was quite alarming, and frightening. And confusing. I think a lot, too, had to do with the fact that I was a woman.
The New York Post writes that NBC News’ Brian Williams was also interviewed for “The ’90s” special and recalled the embarrassment he felt about Lewinsky headlines he read aloud from the anchor chair:
There were nights, because I had young children and I was a parent first, where I called home and just said, ‘Maybe this is a good night to mute the first part of the broadcast or keep the television off.