Clinton White House intern Monica Lewinsky is back in the headlines again, in anticipation of Clinton, the two-part PBS documentary that premieres Monday night, President's Day 2012.
Though Lewinsky was not interviewed for the American Experience miniseries, the scandal is expected to be a major topic of discussion, with input from onetime Clinton political adviser Dick Morris and special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
When the Lewinsky scandal broke, the president paged me and I returned the call, Morris says in a preview clip. He said, '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.'
Morris says he tried to convince Clinton to come clean, believing that the American public would forgive the indiscretion more easily than the president's deception.
Of course, he did lie initially, and Monica Lewinsky insisted in 2004 that he continued to lie.
After Clinton published his memoir, My Life, Lewinsky accused him of mischaracterizing the relationship.
I really didn't expect him to go into detail about our relationship, Lewinsky told the Daily Mail. But if he had and he'd done it honestly, I wouldn't have minded.
Lewinsky resented Clinton's portrayal of her as the aggressor.
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.
According to some, Lewinsky -- who is still single at age 38 -- is still affected by her affair with the then-president, though she works to distance herself from the scandal.
According to an unnamed source speaking to the National Enquirer in 2011, Lewinsky lives a transient existence and has been unable to establish a career path or a lasting relationship.
Monica's self-esteem is at an all-time low, the insider was quoted telling the Enquirer.
She's alone most of the time and is pretty much a social pariah. ... Monica still feels like she's the punchline to a dirty joke,' the source continued.
The publicity over her affair with Clinton ruined her chances of ever finding a decent guy.
Lewinsky tried to take control of her image after enduring several years of unflattering media portrayals. In 2000, she pitched a documentary to HBO, and Monica in Black and White aired in 2002.
In February of that year, Lewinsky went on Larry King Live to discuss her experience and to promote the documentary.
I wanted to try and clear up some of the misperceptions that were out there, and fill in some of the historical caps she told Larry King. And also, too, to try and call attention to some of the historical issues and some of the constitutional issues that got lost, really, in the flurry of salaciousness.
After high-profile but short-lived gigs as a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, a handbag designer, and a reality show host, Lewinsky retreated from the glare of the U.S. spotlight and moved to London where she completed a master's degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics.
Though she has since returned to the U.S., Lewinsky has successfully kept a low profile in recent years. She was photographed in June 2011 at a dinner party at Lucy's El Adobe Cafe in Hollywood, looking well put together though not at her thinnest.
An eyewitness told the Enquirer that onlookers gawked and made jokes at her expense, but Lewinsky did not react.
She stared at her food throughout the dinner and uttered maybe three sentences, the eyewitness said.
Part One of Clinton airs Monday night on PBS and is currently available to stream from the PBS site; Part Two will air Tuesday.
Watch a teaser of “Clinton” here [via the Huffington Post]: