- Lewinsky appeared at an event in Israel to talk about cyberbullying on Monday
- After her speech, she sat down for interview with a well-known Israeli journalist
- The journalist, Yonit Levi, asked Lewinsky about former President Bill Clinton
- Clinton said in June that he has no plans to personally apologize to Lewinsky
- Lewinsky later claimed that Levi violated deal not to ask about Clinton affair
- As a White House intern, Clinton and Lewinsky carried on sexual relationship
- The affair was made public during independent counsel's investigation
Monica Lewinsky cut short a live interview and walked off stage when she was asked by an Israeli broadcaster if she expected a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton.
Lewinsky had just given a speech about cyberbullying at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Israel on Monday evening.
After her remarks, the former White House intern sat down for an interview with Yonit Levi, a well-known news anchor in Israel.
‘Recently in an interview on NBC News, former President Clinton was rather irate when he was asked if he'd apologized to you personally and he said, “I apologized publicly.”
‘Do you still expect that apology? A personal apology?’ Levi asked Lewinsky.
Lewinsky immediately answered: ‘I'm so sorry. I'm not going to be able to do this.’
She then stood up and walked across the stage. Levi followed a few steps behind.
Monica Lewinsky (left) cut short a live interview and walked off stage when she was asked by an Israeli broadcaster if she expected a personal apology from former President Bill Clinton. She is seen above with Israeli journalist Yonit Levi (right)
After Levi asked Lewinsky if she expects an apology from Clinton, she immediately answered: ‘I'm so sorry. I'm not going to be able to do this'
She then stood up and walked across the stage. Levi followed a few steps behind
Lewinsky later posted a message on Twitter explaining her abrupt exit from the stage
Lewinsky later posted a message on Twitter explaining her abrupt exit from the stage.
‘After a talk today on the perils and positives of the Internet, there was to be a 15 minute conversation to follow up on the subject of my speech (not a news interview),’ Lewinsky wrote.
‘There were clear parameters about what we would be discussing and what we would not.
‘In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me when we met the day prior.
‘I said that was off limits.
‘When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me I had been misled.
‘I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative.
‘To the audience: I’m very sorry that this talk had to end this way.’
In June, Clinton told NBC News he didn’t believe he owed Lewinsky a personal apology. Clinton is seen above in Detroit during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday
Lewinsky, a native of Los Angeles, said that she was ostracized by the Jewish community in which she grew up after news of the affair broke
Israel's Channel 2, which hosted the event, released a statement thanking Lewinsky for her appearance while acknowledging that 'we respect her sensitivity and wish her luck.'
In June, Clinton told NBC News he didn’t believe he owed Lewinsky a personal apology.
'I do not – I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry,' Clinton told NBC.
'I apologized to everybody in the world,' Clinton said, implying that was enough.
The former president also said he, too, was a victim of the entire saga since he left the White House $16million in debt.
In her speech, Lewinsky talked about the public humiliation she suffered after it was revealed that she and Clinton had a sexual relationship, according to The Jerusalem Post.
'My strong sense of family is rooted in the cultural traditions of Judaism, but there have been periods of my life where my faith has been challenged,' she said.
Lewinsky, a native of Los Angeles, said that she was ostracized by the Jewish community in which she grew up after news of the affair broke.
‘I was shunned from almost every community which I belonged to, including my religious community.
‘That led to some very dark times for me.’
In her speech on Monday, Lewinsky talked about the public humiliation she suffered after it was revealed that she and Clinton had a sexual relationship. Clinton and Lewinsky are seen above in the White House
She said that she sat in a hotel room in 1998 and kept thinking: ‘I want to die.’
‘There were moments for me when it seemed like suicide was the only way to end the pain and the ridicule,’ she said.
Lewinsky told the audience that unlike women during the #MeToo era, she was left alone without any public support during her ordeal.
‘I don’t think I would have felt so isolated if what happened in 1998 happened in 2018,’ she said.
‘By and large I had been alone. Publicly alone.
‘Abandoned most by the main figure in this crisis, who knew me well and intimately.’
Lewinsky said that although she didn’t know it at the time, she was subjected to ‘cyberbulling, online harassment and slut shaming.’
After years of relative silence, Lewinsky re-emerged in public to become an advocate for combating online harassment and bullying.
‘I am in awe of the sheer courage and bravery of the women and men who have stood up and begun to confront the entrenched beliefs and institutions,’ she said.
‘Part of what has allowed me to shift [into public life], is knowing I’m not alone anymore.’
Bill and Monica: A look back at the 1998 Lewinsky scandal that almost felled a president
President Bill Clinton (top) nearly lost his presidency over an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (bottem)
In 1998 a news report emerged claiming that then-President Bill Clinton had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky while she was a White House intern.
At the time the trysting began in November 1995, Clinton was 49 years old and Lewinsky was 22.
Clinton would initially deny having sexual relations with Lewinsky, claiming in a January 1998 deposition that the two were never alone together in the White House.
Unknown to Clinton, however, Lewinsky had already revealed the details of the affair to her friend Linda Tripp, saying there were nine sexual encounters through March of 1997; several included oral sex and at least one involved Clinton penetrating her with a cigar.
Tripp and Lewinsky became friends at the Pentagon, where Lewinsky was transferred after White House aides became suspicious of her long visits to the Oval Office.
The Clinton-Lewinsky affair became public a day after Clinton's sworn testimony, when Tripp gave Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr tapes of Lewinsky admitting to her relationship with the president.
Monica Lewinsky emerged from her sex scandal with PTSD from the media pressure, but later became an author and an anti-bullying advocate
Starr was tasked with unwinding the Whitewater real estate scandal, which led him to Clinton's alleged sexual harassment of Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee.
Clinton continued to deny reports that he had been intimate with the brunette from Beverly Hills, even after news accounts were published.
'I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,' he said in a nationally televised press conference.
He admitted months later that the accusations were accurate, but claimed that his definition of 'sexual relations' differed from others'.
'I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife,' he said at the time. 'I deeply regret that.'
'Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.'
Clinton, now 71, has since been accused of sexual harassment and assault by at least four other women, one of whom claims he raped her in an Arkansas hotel room when he was governor.
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr investigated the Lewinsky scandal and found that Clinton had 'misused his authority and power' to impede investigations into it
He was impeached in 1998 on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice. The Senate acquitted him along party lines, with no Democrats casting 'guilty' votes.
At the time, Americans' views on the impeachment proceedings were seen as a political Rorschach test.
Republicans castigated Clinton for carrying on an affair with Lewinsky and lying about it both publicly and under oath.
Democrats saw the episode as an attack on their party's young, fresh face, waged over personal weaknesses instead of policy.
Following weeks of televised testimony, polls showed that two-thirds of Americans opposed removing Clinton from office.
But the remaining one-third had a new voice in the form of conservative media emboldened by The Drudge Report, the news aggregation website that broke the Lewinsky scandal – and accused Newsweek and other outlets of burying it for Clinton's political benefit.