Monica Lewinsky Back in Spotlight : Where is She Now?

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on February 16 2012 5:57 PM
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Monica Lewinsky is back in the spotlight 17 years after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Will the reclusive former intern resurface after "Clinton" airs this week? Reuters

Monica Lewinsky is back in the spotlight 14 years after she first made headlines for her affair with Bill Clinton. She is now the focus of a highly anticipated four-hour PBS documentary about the former president.

But where has she been all these years? Not in hiding, that's for sure. According to a profile in New York magazine, the now 38-year-old Lewinsky enjoys living the high life in New York; going out to parties and dates. She has her own business designing purses, The Real Monica Inc.

Lewinsky is a sought-after celebrity since her role in the scandal that led to Clinton's impeachment. 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 Jr.

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.

According to her friends, 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, Shine reported.

Now, Lewinsky may not appear to be much different from an average New York woman, but with the airing of the new documentary all eyes will once again be on the businesswoman and her time at the White House.

The PBS documentary, which will premiere in the UK and U.S. on Feb. 20, chronicles the life and political career of Clinton with a sharp focus on his unruly libido.

Ever since I got here to the White House I've had to shut my body down sexually I mean, but I screwed up with this girl. I didn't do what they said I did, but I may have done so much that I can't prove my innocence, Clinton said in a phone call to his political adviser Dick Morris just before evidence of the affair surfaced in 1998.

In the documentary, 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.

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 program-makers that the former president had lied to her and a lot of other people about the affair.

Robert Reich, Clinton's labor 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.

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