January 31, 2023


Creating Possibilities

Monica Lewinsky suggests Ken Starr’s demise is a painful loss ‘for these who appreciate him’

NEW YORK (AP) — Monica Lewinsky experienced a tempered, compassionate reaction to the dying of Ken Starr, the previous impartial counsel whose investigation of Bill Clinton aided expose her affair with the president and, she after wrote, manufactured her lifestyle a “living hell.”

“As I’m positive many can comprehend, my ideas about Ken Starr convey up complicated emotions,” she tweeted Tuesday immediately after reports that Starr had died at age 76. “But of more worth, is that I picture it is a unpleasant decline for those who really like him.”

Lewinsky was a White Residence intern in the mid-1990s, in her early 20s, when she started a connection with Clinton, just one that Starr would doc in exhaustive, specific element. Starr had in the beginning been retained to search into an Arkansas authentic estate offer Bill and Hillary Clinton ended up concerned in, but his investigation shifted following he discovered of allegations about the president’s personal habits. Lewinsky denied their affair in a sworn affidavit, but did not know that her previous colleague, Linda Tripp, had been taping their mobile phone discussions about Bill Clinton and would flip them about to Starr.

Lewinsky would remember with horror staying interrogated for hours in 1998 by Starr’s prosecutors — but not Starr himself — and threatened with prison if she did not cooperate with their investigation, a demand she refused. She wrote in 2018 that she was diagnosed with “post-traumatic anxiety condition, predominantly from the ordeal of acquiring been publicly outed and ostracized,” and was for decades subjected to crude jokes. But starting with a Self-importance Honest essay in 2014 and a TED converse she gave in 2015 on “The Price of Shame,” she has become a commonly revered anti-bullying activist. David Letterman and John Oliver are among those who have apologized for once mocking her.

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Producing in Vanity Reasonable in 2018, Lewinsky remembered last but not least encountering Starr in human being, at a Greenwich Village cafe the past Christmas Eve. Starr stepped forward with a “warm, incongruous smile,” and introduced himself to Lewinsky, who was eating with her spouse and children.

“Ken Starr asked me various instances if I was ‘doing O.K.’ A stranger could have surmised from his tone that he had really worried about me above the years. His demeanor, practically pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He saved touching my arm and elbow, which built me unpleasant,” she wrote.

“I turned and introduced him to my relatives. Strange as it may sound, I felt identified, then and there, to remind him that, 20 yrs ahead of, he and his group of prosecutors hadn’t hounded and terrorized just me but also my family members — threatening to prosecute my mom (if she did not disclose the non-public confidences I had shared with her), hinting that they would investigate my dad’s professional medical practice, and even deposing my aunt, with whom I was consuming supper that night.”

Starr would produce about Lewinsky in his 2018 memoir “Contempt,” describing how “Monica screamed, she cried, she pouted, and complained bitterly about her scheming, no-superior, so-identified as good friend (Tripp).” But their threats, and the urging of Lewinsky’s mom to acknowledge the prosecutors’ phrases, did not improve her mind.

“Monica overruled her mom. She would slide on her sword rather than implicate the president of the United States,” Starr wrote. “It was turning into significantly clear: in pondering she was a naive, starstruck young girl in adore who would speedily cooperate, we underestimated her. In her dedication to shield the president, Monica saved a team of seasoned FBI agents and profession prosecutors twiddling their thumbs for significantly of the working day.”