Readers educated the Sunday Times they’d been a bit of late to the sport of their evaluation of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal after the outlet tweeted that Clinton’s conduct with Lewinsky seems to have been exploitative all through the wake of the MeToo motion. 

Former President Clinton was impeached for perjury to a grand jury and obstruction in 1998 following his affair with Lewinsky, who as a 22-year-old intern after they’d their first encounter in 1995. As the Sunday Times’ Martin Fletcher notes, Lewinsky initially acknowledged the affair was consensual, nonetheless in consequence of the years have handed she’s come to view her relationship with the president in a singular delicate on account of their age distinction and vitality dynamic.

Clinton’s conduct within the course of Lewinsky seems to have been far more manipulative all through the wake of the MeToo motion, the Times instructed, nonetheless critics blasted the newspaper for coming to such a realization decades later.

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“With the rise of the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew scandals, Clinton’s conduct looks much more like that of an unscrupulous and powerful older man exploiting an infatuated junior employee for his own sexual gratification,” the Times wrote, with a hyperlink to its new report on the affair that rocked the political world all through the late Nineties.

“What kind of silly nonsense is this?” Politico’s Ben White requested. “It was obviously exactly that at the time.”

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“I was 18 and knew this, guys,” CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham acknowledged.

The notorious scandal is the middle of consideration as shortly as as quickly as additional with the airing of FX’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” on which Lewinsky serves as a producer. The new sequence focuses on Lewinsky, together with two completely completely different girls central to the scandal – Linda Tripp, her former pal who taped their conversations and uncovered the affair, and Paula Jones, who sued Clinton for sexual harassment earlier than the Lewinsky affair acquired proper right here to delicate. 

Actress Beanie Feldstein, who portrays Lewinsky all through the brand new sequence, predicted that viewers will bigger “understand” her story after watching the present.

“Monica was silenced in 1998 and 1999, because of her immunity deal with the Office of Independent Counsel,” Feldstein acknowledged. “She was literally not allowed to speak. So for someone whose story people think they understand, but really they only understand an SNL character, a late-night joke, a picture to be ripped apart, because of her weight or what she was wearing.”

“They don’t know the person, they don’t know the human that had to go through a very traumatic, overwhelming experience at 21 to 24 years old,” she added. “I really hope that people are exposed to her humanity in a different light by watching this show.”