Lewinsky: Clinton Lies in Book
LONDON – Monica Lewinsky (search) said Bill Clinton is a "revisionist of history" who lied about their relationship in his new memoir, according to a British newspaper.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Lewinsky called the former president's account of their relationship dishonest and said he has missed an opportunity to undo some of the damage their entanglement caused her.
"He could have made it right with the book," the newspaper quoted her as saying. "But he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied."
Lewinsky, now 30, the former White House intern (search) whose affair with Clinton led to his impeachment, said his description of their relationship in his just-published "My Life" made it sound like the dalliance came only at her initiative and was purely physical.
"I really didn't expect him to go into detail about our relationship" in the memoir, she said. "But if he had and he'd done it honestly, I wouldn't have minded. ... I did though at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the presidency.
"Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert," she was quoted as saying.
"That's not how it was. This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels, right from the way it started and all the way through. ... I don't accept that he had to completely desecrate my character."
Clinton wrote that his affair with Lewinsky revealed "the darkest part of my inner life" and led to his temporary banishment from the White House bedroom. He said on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he became involved with Lewinsky "for the worst possible reason. Just because I could."
The Daily Mail said it interviewed Lewinsky, who lives in New York, at an undisclosed U.S. location. The newspaper did not immediately respond to a question about whether it paid Lewinsky for the interview, a common practice in the British press.