MONICA Lewinsky pushed for more scandalous details to be added to Impeachment: American Crime Story during the production process, even as others working on the show worried about “re-traumatizing her.”
In the film, actress Beanie Feldstein, who portrays Lewinsky, will be seen flashing her thong underwear to Clinton during a social event.
While this was something that actually happened, writer Sarah Burgess revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she originally kept the scene out of the script for fear of “re-traumatizing Monica,” however, Lewinsky was the one who called for the scene to be included.
“Listen, I would’ve loved to have been really selfish and said, ‘That’s great that you guys think we don’t have to show that, fantastic,’ but I’m incredibly experienced in understanding how people see this story,” Lewinsky said.
“So, ultimately, I felt two things: One was that I shouldn’t get a pass because I’m a producer; and two, that it was unfair to the team and to the project because it would leave everybody vulnerable.”
Clinton, then 49, denied the affair with White House intern Lewinsky; Linda Tripp recorded Lewinsky speaking about the affair and handed the tapes over to federal lawyers.
The case was settled in 1998 when he paid out $850,000 – but the accusations triggered the Starr Report and the Senate impeachment that almost ended his presidency and is the focus of American Crime Story.
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