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Monica Lewinsky Says She Was 'In Love' With President Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky recalled her world-famous affair with former President Bill Clinton during a speech at Forbes' inaugural 30 under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday.

Lewinsky called herself "Patient Zero" on cyberbullying and claimed she was "in love" with Clinton.

"I fell in love with my boss," she said. "Only, my boss was the President of the United States."

"I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then, but there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded."

"Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly 'social media.'"

She said, "staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting, Oh my God!' and I can't believe they put that in. That's so out of context. And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: 'I want to die.'"

Lewinsky once again said that the tragic death of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was what prompted her to finally break her silence.

"The tragedy is one of the principal reasons I am standing up here today," she said. "While it touched us both, my mother was unusually upset by the story, and I wondered why. Eventually it dawned on me: She was back in 1998, but to a time when I was periodically suicidal; when she might very easily have lost me; when I, too, might have been humiliated to death."

"Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive too... I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past."

October 21, 2014 |

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