Monica Lewinsky walked out of an interview in Jerusalem after she was asked a question regarding her relationship with former U.S. president Bill Clinton. The interview was conducted by famed Israeli news anchor Yonit Levi.
Levi asked Lewinsky the following question:
“Now recently in an interview with ABC News, former president Clinton was rather irate when he was asked if he ever apologized to you personally and he said I apologized publicly, do you still expect that apology? That personal apology?”
After soaking in the question, Lewinsky stood up and began to walk away, saying “I’m so sorry, I’m not going to be able to do this.”
Levi was apparently instructed not to ask Lewinsky the question before the interview began, but he did so anyway.
Lewinsky took to Twitter after the incident, posting:
“After a talk today on the perils and positives of the Internet, there was to be a 15-minute conversation to follow up on the subject of my speech (not a news interview). There were clear parameters about what we would be discussing and what we would not. In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits. When she 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. To the audience: I’m very sorry that this talk had to end this way.”
Alon Shani, a spokesman for the news channel that conducted the interview, issued the following statement on behalf of the station:
“We believe the question asked on stage was legitimate and respectful and one that certainly did not go beyond Ms. Lewinsky’s requests and did not cross the line.”
Since Lewinsky’s affair with Bill Clinton was made public, she has become an anti-bullying advocate.
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