Where is Monica Lewinsky now? 5 things to know, from that Beyoncé name-drop to producing FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story

The world first knew about Monica Lewinsky through her affair with former President Bill Clinton, but where is she now? Photos: Associated Press, Reuters
Monica Lewinsky may have gained early notoriety for her affair with then-US president Bill Clinton between 1995 and 1996 – but over two decades later, she’s once again back in the spotlight as the producer of FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story.

The new series is a retelling of the affair between Clinton and Lewinsky, and the leak that led to his impeachment in 1998.

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To commemorate the (binge-worthy) 10-episode anthology series, we uncovered some things you may not have known about the former White House intern who has since built a name for herself as an activist, fashion designer and now, producer.

The anthology series sheds light on her side of the story

Producer Monica Lewinsky at a red carpet event for Impeachment: American Crime Story on September 1. Photo: Reuters

Executive producer Ryan Murphy knew from the get-go that he wanted Lewinsky involved in the retelling of the White House saga. As the main consultant for the anthology series, she reviewed the scripts to ensure everything was reflective of her experiences at the time.

Monica Lewinsky at the federal courthouse in 1998 to appear before independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s grand jury. Photo: Associated Press

According to producer Brad Simpson, this also meant portraying the relationship between Clinton and Lewinsky as mutual and consensual. “She had agency in it, unlike the way it was portrayed [by the media] at the time,” he adds.

It isn’t her first time telling this story

Monica Lewinsky holds up a copy of her book during a book-signing session at a Munich department store in March 1999. Photo: AFP

Before Impeachment: American Crime Story, there was The Clinton Affair – a six-part documentary in which Lewinsky shared how she fell for the then-US president, right through to how she contemplated taking her own life as investigations pressed on from the FBI.


Rehashing these painful details for the 2018 docuseries might have been “exceedingly painful” for Lewinsky, but she saw it as necessary.

Today, Monica Lewinsky writes for Vanity Fair. Photo: Handout

“I hope that by participating, by telling the truth about a time in my life – a time in our history – I can help ensure that what happened to me never happens to another young person in our country again,” she wrote in a 2018 op-ed piece for Vanity Fair.

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She’s poked fun at the scandal

In a 2020 documentary, Bill Clinton said his affair with Monica Lewinsky helped with the stress of being president. Photo: AFP

Remember when “I have a joke” trended on Twitter last July?

Even if you didn’t, Lewinsky was quick to pick up on it, in a tweet that attracted over 500,000 likes:

On a more serious note, though, it took Lewinsky some time to make peace with the affair. In a 2018 essay for Vanity Fair, she wrote: “He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career while I was in my first job out of college.”

She’s an anti-bullying advocate

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky during the taping of a 2002 interview with Larry King. Photo: AP

“At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. And at the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences. I was swept up into the eye of a political, legal and media maelstrom like we had never seen before. When this happened to me 17 years ago, there was no name for it. Now we call it ‘cyberbullying’ and ‘online harassment.’”

These were Lewinsky’s words at a Ted Talk in 2015 titled The Price of Shame. It wasn’t just a one-off talk: she’s been heavily vocal about her stance against bullying, given the flak she received in the years following Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1998.

In 2018, she launched a campaign titled Defy the Name, an anti-bullying campaign to support victims of public shaming. “Defy the name. Don’t let being bullied define you,” she said.

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Beyoncé threw her shade, and she spoke up

Beyoncé at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on March 14, in Los Angeles. Photo: TNS

If you listen closely to singer Beyoncé’s hit song Partition, you might pick up on a cheeky lyric referencing the scandal: “He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown”.

Lewinsky had none of it, though. “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’” she wrote in a 2014 Vanity Fair piece.

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  • The former White House intern tells her side of the story in the new TV show – but she did it before in docuseries The Clinton Affair and her Ted Talk, The Price of Shame
  • She clapped back at Beyoncé’s lyrics about her in Partition and even poked fun at the affair on Twitter – but she took some time to make peace with the scandal