Lewinsky writes about her life after the late 1990′s dilemma as she is ready to start telling her side after hearing how others view her.
(CNN) — Saying that “it’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Monica Lewinsky is writing for the first time about her affair with Bill Clinton.
“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened,” says the now 40-year-old Lewinsky in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.
Lewinsky maintains the relationship in the 1990s was one between two consenting adults.
“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, 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,” Lewinsky writes.
While a White House intern in 1995, Lewinsky began a sexual relationship with Clinton. The ensuing political scandal and investigation resulted in the Democratic President’s impeachment by the Republican-led House. The Senate acquitted him of the charges.
Lewinsky has stayed virtually silent about the affair the past decade. She writes in Vanity Fair that “the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.”
But she adds that 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 so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”
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