Monica Lewinsky has opened up about her relationship with the then-president of the United States Bill Clinton in a new docuseries, The Clinton Affair.
Lewinsky found unwanted fame in 1998 when a sexual relationship she'd been having with then 49-year-old Bill Clinton - which took place from 1995-1997 while she worked as a 22-year-old intern at the White House - became public, and almost saw the president impeached until he was acquitted.
After years of enduring 'slut-shaming' and public humiliation, Lewinsky has now decided to re-visit the scandal on her own terms, in a bid to give women a voice and let them take control of their own narratives.
Lewinsky, who is now an active anti-bullying campaigner, and voice in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, has given more than 20 hours of candid interviews for the new A&E docuseries.
Ahead of the docuseries airing, she also penned a personal essay for Vanity Fair, explaining her reasons for deciding to re-visit this traumatic time, and they're as inspiring as you'd imagine.
In the essay titled 'Who gets to live in victimville?' Why I participated in a new docuseries on The Clinton Affair', she argues that if she'll help just one other young person not to be 'The Woman', then reliving the trauma would all be worth it:
Some closest to me asked why would I want to revisit the most painful and traumatic parts of my life – again. Publicly. On-camera.
An important part of moving forward is excavating, often painfully, what has gone before.
Filming the documentary forced me to acknowledge to myself past behavior that I still regret and feel ashamed of.
There were many, many moments when I questioned not just the decision to participate, but my sanity itself.
Why did I choose to participate in this docuseries? One main reason: because I could.
Throughout history, women have been traduced and silenced. Now, it’s our time to tell our own stories in our own words.