Monica Lewinsky is opening up about her “flirtatious encounters” with former President Bill Clinton during his time in office in a new documentary series — and another woman who has accused Clinton of rape is responding.
After hearing the details about Lewinsky’s time as a White House intern — which led to “yelling,” “so much guilt,” and “slow emotional unraveling” — it reopened the deep wounds of Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of raping her in 1978.
Broaddrick laid it down that Lewinsky’s “deep hurt” from her affair with Clinton barely equates to the “trauma” that Broaddrick has lived with, she told Fox News.
“If Monica Lewinsky was hurt by her experience with Bill Clinton, can you imagine the pain and trauma I went through when Bill Clinton attacked me, raped me, and left me injured and bleeding in a Little Rock hotel room?” Broaddrick said.
Broaddrick’s story has circulated for years, as she continues to claim that Clinton raped her while he was campaigning for Arkansas governor in 1978. Broaddrick claimed she received a busted and swollen upper lip — something that Clinton’s legal team called “false and outrageous,” The Washington Post reported.
“It’s sad that Bill Clinton has not had to pay for how much he has damaged the lives of countless women over the decades,” Broaddrick said.
“The Clinton Affair” — telling Lewinsky’s story
In A&E’s “The Clinton Affair” documentary series, which will feature Lewinsky, her parents, those close to the Clinton family, and others — but not the Clintons — Lewinsky shares about “intimate encounters” that took place in Clinton’s “private personal office” and how it spiraled downhill.
After Lewinsky had been transferred to the Pentagon following her time working as a White House intern, she said she wrote to Clinton and “threatened” to tell her parents why she was leaving a well-paying job.
However, Clinton apparently “started yelling” at Lewinsky the next time he saw her that “‘it is illegal to threaten the president of the United States of America.'”
FBI agents and Office of the Independent Counsel prosecutors later confronted Lewinsky about taped conversations between her and Clinton — leaving her feeling “so much guilt”:
“And I was terrified. There was a point for me … where I would be hysterically crying and then I would just shut down. And in the shut-down period, I remember looking out the window and thinking that the only way to fix this was to kill myself … I was scared.”
Watch “The Clinton Affair” trailer below:
Lewinsky and Broaddrick mention Hillary
While Lewinsky said in a Vanity Fair op-ed about “The Clinton Affair” that she would like to “sincerely” apologize to Hillary Clinton for her actions, Broaddrick stood firm that the former first lady should be the one apologizing for shaming women “for her husband’s own actions.”
“And if I were to see Hillary Clinton in person today, I know that I would summon up whatever force I needed to again acknowledge to her — sincerely — how very sorry I am,” Lewinsky wrote.
“As for Hillary Clinton, she should be the one apologizing to all the women she has shamed, blamed and degraded for her husband’s own actions,” Broaddrick told Fox News.
Hillary Clinton tried to empower women — particularly during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings when she said that the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct from decades ago was doing her “civic duty” to tell her story and that it was “very convincing”:
“She basically said that; she thought it was her civic duty. So I found—I found her presentation, I found her willingness to say ‘I don’t remember that but I remember this’ to be very convincing. And I—I felt a great swell of, you know, pride that she would be willing to put herself out there under these circumstances.”
The former secretary of state also came under fire when she said during a CBS interview that the former president should “absolutely not” have resigned in the wake of the Lewinsky affair. The House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton on December 19, 1998, after lying to a grand jury about the scandal with Lewinsky.