Monica Lewinsky claims she requested that a thong-flashing scene be included in the impeachment proceedings.
Monica Lewinsky is sharing some of the input she provided while shooting Impeachment: American Crime Story for the forthcoming series.
“The FX drama is based on the infamous affair between former White House intern Monica Lewinsky Beanie Feldstein and former President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen)”, which led to Clinton’s impeachment.
Lewinsky, 48, is a producer on the program and recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she battled to get a scene included in the show that writer Sarah Burgess claimed she took out of her screenplay because she didn’t want to “retraumatize Monica.”
The notorious moment in which Monica Lewinsky flashes a sliver of her thong to Clinton was documented in the Starr Report, which included the conclusions of counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of the then-president.
“Listen, I would’ve liked to have been very selfish and said, ‘That’s wonderful that you guys don’t believe we have to show that, terrific,’ but I’m extremely experienced in knowing how people perceive this narrative,” Lewinsky told THR, adding that she expected to be blamed if the scene was cut.
“In the end,
I felt two things: one, that I shouldn’t get a pass because I’m a producer; and two, that it was unjust to the crew and the project since it would put everyone at risk,” she said.
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In another portion of the conversation, Lewinsky said that there was one segment of the program she
didn’t take notes on.
“The one area where I felt less comfortable weighing in for a variety of apparent reasons was on the more
intimate sequences with the Clintons,” she added, referring to Edie Falco’s portrayal of President Bill
Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.