Timeline in Pics: Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton & their scandal

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Washington, May 7: 40-year-old Monica Lewinsky, who was an intern in the White House, sixteen years ago, had set the temperature soaring with her scandalous affair with the then 42nd US president Bill Clinton.

Lewinsky, who became a household name in the 1990s, is again back in the news saying "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

The infamous 'embarrassing' scandal in the history of the US politics had led to Clinton's impeachment by the US Congress.

Here is a short chronology of the events that stormed the White House:

June 1995 to March 1997: 23-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky started as an 'unpaid' intern in the White House.

November 1995: The alleged sexual relationship blossomed between the young Lewinsky and the president Clinton.

April 1996: Lewinsky was transferred from The White House to The Pentagon as her seniors felt that she was "spending too much time around Clinton".

December 1997: She left the position from The Pentagon.

January 1998: Newsweek magazine first published the report about alleged affair between Bill Clinton and Lewinsky.

Jan 26, 1998- 'Denial' press conference: Soon, after the affair grabbed media limelight, much embarrassed Clinton held a nationally televised White House news conference, with his wife Hillary Clinton saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

July 1998: Lewinsky revealed that she had nine sexual escapades, including oral sex but not sexual intercourse, with the president Clinton in the Oval Office. "The blue dress", that she had worn during one of the encounters, had semen stains over it. She also alleged that the President had inserted a cigar tube into her vagina.

August 17, 1998- "Confession from Clinton": After "the blue dress" was handed over to investigators, Clinton admitted to have had an "inappropriate relationship" with Lewinsky.

December 19, 1998- "Side-effects of scandal": It led to the downfall of Clinton and he was impeached by the House of Representatives, but Lewinsky garnered huge media attention.

March 3, 1999: She was interviewed on ABC's 20/20 show by Barbara Walters.

2005: She moved to London to study social psychology at the London School of Economics.

Key people, who were involved: Where are each of these now? What are they doing?

Hillary Clinton: Hillary is now considering to contest 2016 US presidential elections. Lewinsky's recent "tell-all" article may dent her chances of being nominated for the presidential post.

Kenneth Starr: The Independent Counsel, whose investigation eventually led to the impeachment of the President Clinton.

Paula Jones: Former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones alleged that Clinton had sexually harassed her. A friend of Monica, she reportedly made things worse for Clinton. Jones' husband divorced her and she also posed nude for Penthouse magazine, to pay taxes and to raise funds for her two children's education.

Linda Tripp: Lewinsky confided in her close confidante Tripp, who was 24-year elder than her, about her steamy relationship with Clinton and she secretly recorded their telephonic conversations.

Here, lets take a look back at Lewinsky-Clinton scandal story:

In Pics: Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton and scandal: Time line

In an exclusive article "Shame and Survival" in the Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky has broken her long silence saying,"I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton."

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

She has said "that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth."

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

Even as she accuses Clinton of taking advantage of her, Lewinsky says the affair was consensual. "Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship.

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

While clearing the air, Lewinsky said, "Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . "The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor's minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power."

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

Lewinsky has said that it is time to stop "tiptoeing around my past-and other people's futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story."

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

"I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)"

In Pics: Lewinsky- Clinton scandal

After the scandal, writes Lewinsky, "I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn't feel like the right thing to do."

On Hillary Clinton remark of "narcissistic loony toon"

"My first thought," Lewinsky has written, "as I was getting up to speed: If that's the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky."

 

Side-effects of scandal

December 19, 1998: It led to the downfall of Clinton and he was impeached by the House of Representatives, but Lewinsky garnered huge media attention.

Shame and Survival....

July 1998: Lewinsky revealed that she had nine sexual escapades, including oral sex but not sexual intercourse, with the president Clinton in the Oval Office. "The blue dress", that she had worn during one of the encounters, had semen stains over it. She also alleged that the President had inserted a cigar tube into her vagina.

 

 

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