Sex, shame and salvation: How Monica Lewinsky took back control

Monica Lewinsky recently took to Twitter to talk about the most “terrifying day of her life”. The former White-House intern-turned-social-activist was referring to January 16, 1998 — the day she met an older colleague, Linda Tripp, for lunch in the food court of Washington’s Pentagon City mall.

n the months previously, Lewinsky had opened up to Tripp about her 18-month affair with President Bill Clinton. Several of these conversations, unbeknownst to Lewinsky, had been recorded by her colleague. There was no lunch date that day — the meeting was a carefully orchestrated sting operation.

Lewinsky, who was 24 at the time, was ambushed by FBI agents and taken to room 1012 of the nearby Ritz-Carlton Hotel. For the next 11 hours, she was interrogated by prosecutors and federal agents and threatened with 27 years in jail if she didn’t cooperate.

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