In the late 1990s, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were embroiled in a political scandal. Between 1995 and 1996, Monica Lewinsky worked as an intern and intern at the White House. During that period, she was friendly with then-President Bill Clinton. The incident generated a lot of media attention, as did its eventual disclosure.
When the matter first came to light in 1998, a grand jury looked into it. In an initially televised White House press conference, President Clinton denied having an affair, saying, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” But additional evidence contradicting his claim came to light, and he later acknowledged having illicit sexual relationships.
As a result, in December 1998, the House of Representatives impeached President Clinton on grounds of perjury. The allegations stemmed from his falsifying information in a sworn deposition regarding the nature of his contact with Monica Lewinsky. When the matter was tried in the Senate, President Clinton was cleared of all charges in February 1999, marking the end of his second term in office.
Numerous political, cultural, and individual repercussions resulted from the incident. It brought Monica Lewinsky a great deal of public attention and criticism, as well as a general discussion regarding the misuse of authority and individual privacy.
Monica Lewinsky has developed into a writer, public speaker, and anti-bullying champion in more recent years. She has also produced television shows, such as “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” a drama series set in 2021 on FX that dramatizes the scandal’s events. Lewinsky’s public comments on the incidents have facilitated more extensive discussions on consent, power relationships, and how women are portrayed in the media.