Monica Lewinsky Storms Out of Interview When Asked ‘Off Limits’ Question about Bill Clinton

'I had been misled,' the apologetic and anti-bullying activist told audience members on Twitter

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Monica Lewinsky abruptly ended a live interview by walking off an Israeli stage on Monday after Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi’s first questions concerned whether Lewinsky expected a personal, private apology from former President Bill Clinton.

Monica Lewinsky, who had an affair with Clinton in the 1990s, when she was a young White House intern and he was in the Oval Office, is now 45 years old.

She is a Vanity Fair contributor and an activist and speaker on anti-bullying topics.

Lewinsky tweeted on Monday and shared her version of the interview-gone-wrong at the Jerusalem conference.

She characterized the interview in question as a follow-up conversation about the topic of a talk she was giving on the “perils and positives of the internet,” as opposed to a news interview; multiple outlets including The Hill reported the event.

Lewinsky added that the parameters of the follow-up conversation were clear and that the interviewer’s question was one Lewinsky specifically had said the day prior was off-limits.

“No. I have never talked to her,” said Bill Clinton, “but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.”

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“When [Levi] 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.”

She also apologized to the audience in the tweet, which as of Tuesday morning had been “liked” more than 19,000 times.

Lewinsky has already challenged the characterization of her hasty exit as “storming” off the stage.

Instead, in a follow-up tweet first thing Tuesday morning, she set the record straight.

She said that she left “politely,” and that she “walked as fast as [she] could off [the] stage in heels.”

Hadashot News, for its part, said that it “stood up to all its agreements with Ms. Lewinsky and honored her requests,” according to CNN.

“We believe the question asked on stage was legitimate and respectful, and one that certainly does not go beyond Ms. Lewinsky’s requests and does not cross the line,” Hadashot News also said in the statement in CNN’s reporting.

On the “Today” show earlier this summer, Bill Clinton and James Patterson appeared together to promote a spy thriller they co-wrote.

During that interview, host Craig Melvin pressed Clinton for answers on the Lewinsky topic.

“No. I have never talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry,” Clinton answered in response to Melvin’s question about whether he believed he owed an apology to Lewinsky.

Clinton added in that interview that he had “apologized to everyone in the world” over the affair and subsequent lies in the past.

Apparently, for Clinton, that is sufficient.

Another awkward moment for Clinton on his summer book tour took place on PBS, when he appeared on that network to speak in defense of disgraced former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

CNN commentator Ana Navarro excused the cringeworthy statement at the time, describing him as “vulnerable.”

Ironically, 22-year-old White House interns fall into that same “vulnerable” category.

It seems Clinton still has a lot to learn about the #MeToo movement.

Make sure to watch this video — then see the tweets down below:

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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