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Monica Lewinsky describes 'excruciating' days after Starr report

Monica Lewinsky tells National Geographic that the Starr report was "just violation after violation."

By Gabrielle Levy
Monica Lewinsky describes 'excruciating' days after Starr report
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WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- In her first television interview in more than a decade, Monica Lewinsky is opening up about the moments that turned her life upside down.

The former White House intern (whose sudden re-emergence has some wondering if the Clintons weren't engineering her return with an eye on 2016) is following up her Vanity Fair tell-all with a part on National Geographic's new three-part special, The '90s: The Last Great Decade?.

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Despite her desire to "burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Lewinsky again turns to the days the world learned of her affair with President Bill Clinton. In clips of the interview obtained by Today, Lewinsky says the day Kenneth Starr's 445-page report was released was "one of the worst days of my life."

" I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that day," she said. "To have my narrative ripped from me, and turned into the Starr report, and things that were turned over or things they delved out of my computer that I thought were deleted. I mean it was just violation after violation."

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But as intrusive as the report was, Lewinsky said, it was the media attention that was scarring.

"To be in the vortex of this media maelstrom was quite alarming, and frightening, and confusing," she said. "I think a lot, too, had to do with the fact that I was a woman. To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating."

The '90s: The Last Great Decade? premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on National Geographic.

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