Monica Lewinsky says she was disinvited from event because of Bill Clinton
Monica Lewinsky said that she was uninvited to an event she had already planned to attend because former President Bill Clinton agreed to go. (KENA BETANCUR
Monica Lewinsky said that she was uninvited to an event she had already planned to attend because former President Bill Clinton agreed to go.
"Dear world: please don't invite me to an event (esp. one about social change) and — then after I've accepted — uninvite me because Bill Clinton then decided to attend/was invited," the activist and fashion designer wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Although Lewinsky didn't reveal the event in question, HuffPost revealed she was referring to Town & Country magazine's annual philanthropic summit that began on Wednesday morning.
Lewinsky added that the "mag" tried to "ameliorate the situation" by offering her an article.
Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said he was totally unaware that Lewinsky had ultimately been asked not to attend.
"President Clinton was invited to address the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit," Urena said on Twitter. "He gladly accepted. Neither he nor his staff knew
anything about the invitation or it being rescinded."
Town & Country did not respond to a request for comment.
At the summit, the 42nd President introduced Parkland, Fla. shooting survivor-turned-activist Emma Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has become one of the most recognizable faces in the fight for gun control since the Feb. 14 massacre that killed 17 of her classmates, teachers and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
2月14日马乔里•斯通曼•道格拉斯高中(Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School)发生了一起大屠杀事件，17名冈萨雷斯的同学和教职工遇害身亡，自这以后，冈萨雷斯
Lewinsky and Clinton engaged in a sexual relationship during the 1990s, when she was a White House intern in her 20s. The affair became public in 1998, and Clinton's denial sparked impeachment proceedings. He was impeached by the House — for lying under oath and obstructing justice — but acquitted in a subsequent Senate trial.
In the wake of the #MeToo
movement, Lewinsky, now 44, wrote an article for Vanity Fair in February in which she said she used to see her affair with the then-President as "a consensual relationship." She said, however, that she recently began to think of it through a "new lens" after countless women and men began coming forward with their varying stories of sexual assault at the hands of powerful men.
"Given my PTSD and my understanding of trauma, it's very likely that my thinking would not necessarily be changing at this time had it not been for the #MeToo movement — not only because of the new lens it has provided but also because of how it has offered new avenues toward the safety that comes from solidarity," she wrote.
"Now, at 44, I'm beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern."