NEW YORK - Monica Lewinsky, an ex-White House intern, is back in the spotlight 14 years after she first made headlines for her affair with former US President Bill Clinton. She is now the focus of a highly anticipated four-hour PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) documentary about the former president.
The documentary, "Clinton," which will air in a pair of segments at night time on Monday and Tuesday as part of the network's 'American Experience' programme. According to a profile in New York magazine, the now 38-year-old Lewinsky is living the high life in New York; going out to parties and dates. She has her own business designing purses, The Real Monica Incorporated.
Lewinsky is a sought-after celebrity since her role in the scandal that led to Clinton's impeachment, the magazine said. She attends trendy restaurants openings, galas and parties, according to New York. She was spotted at Manhattan File's "100 hottest Bachelors" party, the Vanity Fair A-list Oscar Party as well as a party with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
Following the Clinton scandal, Lewinsky moved to London where she earned her master's degree in social psychology. She then worked as a news correspondent for the UK's Channel Five News. Citing her friend, media reports say Lewinsky doesn't like capitalizing off the Clinton scandal and tries to avoid the subject since her public apology to Hilary and Chelsea Clinton in 2007.
But with the airing of the new documentary, all eyes will once again be on the businesswoman and her time at the White House. In the documentary, reports say, many of Clinton's former staffers speak out for the first time about how they felt betrayed by Clinton's affair with Lewinsky. The TV biography reveals that Clinton was a huge hit with ladies starting from his initial bid for governor in Arkansas in the 1970s, the Daily Mail reported.
"You got to understand that at one time there were at least 25 women per day coming through there trying to find him and I'd tell them he was out on the road. Lord it was bad. Bad, bad bad, bad bad," says Clinton's then-campaign manager Paul Fray, in the documentary, according to press reports.
Marla Crider, a former Clinton adviser who said she had an affair with him, also spoke out in the documentary. She explained that he mesmerized women. "It was like flies to honey. He needed that; he needed that kind of adoration. I don't think there was any question that Hillary was hurt, whether it was me, or anyone else," she said in an interview.
Betsey Wright, Clinton's political aide, claims at least 25 women would go into the politician's office looking for him. Before he he first ran for governor she had to present him with a list of girlfriends, which to her made it clear it was not the right time to run, according to the Guardian. Clinton thus pulled out from the race at the last minute.
When the Monica Lewinsky affair was exposed Wright said that she felt betrayed, telling the programme-makers that the former president had lied to her and a lot of other people about the affair.
Robert Reich, Clinton's labour secretary, also expressed his disappointment in the documentary. "He would not be so stupid as to jeopardize his whole presidency, I felt. That was not the man I knew," he said.
Hilary Clinton plays a big role in the film, and is credited with saving her husband's presidency, the reports said.