It’s been 20 years since Monica Lewinski hit the headlines for embarking on an affair with the then US President Bill Clinton.
And now she’s reliving their encounters in all their sordid detail, revealing the naughty trick she used to seduce him before they embarked on a series of lusty encounters in a back room.
"It was unnoticeable to everybody else in the room, but he noticed," she said of her saucy tactic of leaving her thong on display.
"I knew he was walking out of the room and instead of pulling my trousers up (to hide my knickers), I didn’t," explained Monica – who at the time was a 22-year-old intern at the White House.
Opening up on their fling in new documentary, The Clinton Affair, she claims that one flash quickly escalated their already flirtatious friendship, with him calling her into then-communications director George Stephanopoulos’ office.
"I don’t think at that point in my life my heart had ever beat as fast. I blurted out, ‘You know I have a crush on you,’" she recalled.
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"He laughed, smiled and asked me if i wanted to go into the back office and I did.
"It was dark and he eventually asked me if he could kiss me and I said yes. After a little time, I went back to my desk and at some point later in the evening, I was the only person in the office and he came back in and he said if you want to meet me in the back study in 10 minutes, you can. And I did. It became more intimate from there."
It’s certainly not where Monica imagined she would end up when she scored an internship at the White House after graduating from college in Portland, Oregon in the mid nineties.
And despite the other female interns ‘gushing’ over the ‘handsome’ top man, she insists she didn’t see the attraction.
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"I remember thinking to myself, ‘Ew, this is an old guy with wiry gray hair, how could she find him attractive?’" she said.
"I didn’t get it until the first time I was really in his presence."
But their ‘forgettable’ first meeting turned into a unforgettable second one when it became clear that she’d grabbed his fancy.
"He paid a lot of attention to me," she said, admitting she then wore the same outfit the next day to make sure he’d notice her, "…and notice me, he did."
"We had a number of this flirtatious encounters, there was really no sense for me of anything beyond I have this crush and this person I have a crush on is actually paying attention to me," she said of the run-up to the thong flash.
But once the floodgates had been opened, there was no stopping them, with ‘every’ secret meeting having a sexual component’ to it.
A photograph taken at a White House Christmas party on December 16, 1996
While she insists they never got up to anything in the Oval Office, she said the adjoining rooms were fair game.
However, it wasn’t all sexual, with Monica stating they would also have conversations and ‘connect’.
But despite their deepening bond, he called all the shots and kept her dangling while she waited for their stolen moments together.
"I had no way to reach him, if he called me I couldn’t call him back, I was completely at his mercy in that way," she explained.
"It’s really sad to me, when I look back, I was this 22-year-old girl working in the White House for my very first job out of college, I should have been out on the weekends meeting people my own age enjoying myself.
Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski embrace at event
She insists they never did anything sexual in the Oval Office
"Instead, I stayed in my office on Saturdays and Sundays, hoping he would call."
She says he was ‘crestfallen’ when she got transferred to the Pentagon and ‘promised’ to bring her back if he won the next election.
But by that point the whispers had started and Monica’s boss took her to one side and warned her to ‘be careful’.
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"I came to learn there were a lot more rumors and stories circulating around than I realized," said Monica, whose friendship with co-worker Linda Tripp would prove to be the key to her undoing.
"She would ask questions here and there about why did I leave the White House, did he flirt with me,’" she said of the woman who would go on to secretly record and leak their conversations.
"I saw her as just some benign some political appointee at the pentagon, of course she was much much more than that," she said.
*The Clinton Affair airs Monday and Tuesday night on A&E.
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