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Lewinsky says Starr’s death painful ‘for those that love him’

NY (AP) Monica Lewinsky had a tempered, compassionate reaction to the death of Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation of Bill Clinton helped reveal her affair with the president and, she once wrote, made her life a full time income hell.

As Im sure many can understand, my thoughts about ken starr talk about complicated feelings, she tweeted Tuesday after reports that Starr had died at age 76. But of more importance, is that i imagine its an agonizing loss for individuals who love him.

Lewinsky was a White House intern in the mid-1990s, in her early 20s, when she began a relationship with Clinton, one which Starr would document in exhaustive, explicit detail. Starr had initially been retained to check into an Arkansas property deal Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved with, but his investigation shifted after he learned of allegations concerning the presidents private behavior. Lewinsky denied their affair in a sworn affidavit, but didn’t understand that her former colleague, Linda Tripp, have been taping their phone conversations about Bill Clinton and would turn them to Starr.

Lewinsky would recall with horror being interrogated all night in 1998 by Starrs prosecutors however, not Starr himself and threatened with prison if she didnt cooperate making use of their investigation, a demand she initially refused. Months later, she decided to testify concerning the affair, and turned to prosecutors a dress stained with the presidents semen, in substitution for immunity.

Lewinsky later wrote that she was identified as having post-traumatic stress disorder, mainly from the ordeal of experiencing been publicly outed and ostracized, and was for a long time put through crude jokes. But you start with a Vanity Fair essay in 2014 and a TED talk she gave in 2015 on The price tag on Shame, she’s turn into a widely respected anti-bullying activist. David Letterman and John Oliver are the type of who’ve apologized for once mocking her.

Writing in Vanity Fair in 2018, Lewinsky remembered finally encountering Starr personally, at a Greenwich Village restaurant the prior Christmas Eve. Starr stepped forward with a warm, incongruous smile, and introduced himself to Lewinsky, who was simply dining with her family.

Ken Starr asked me many times easily was doing O.K. A stranger may have surmised from his tone he had actually concerned about me through the years. His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere within avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable, she wrote.

I turned and introduced him to my children. Bizarre as it might sound, I felt determined, then and there, to remind him that, 20 years before, he and his team of prosecutors hadnt hounded and terrorized just me but additionally my children threatening to prosecute my mom (if she didnt disclose the private confidences I had distributed to her), hinting they would investigate my dads medical practice, and also deposing my aunt, with whom I was eating dinner that night.

Starr would reveal Lewinsky in his 2018 memoir Contempt, describing how Monica screamed, she cried, she pouted, and complained bitterly about her scheming, no-good, so-called friend (Tripp). But their threats, and the urging of Lewinskys mother to simply accept the prosecutors terms, didn’t change her mind.

Monica overruled her mother. She’d fall on her behalf sword instead of implicate the president of america, Starr wrote. It had been becoming more and more clear: in thinking she was a naive, starstruck young woman in love who quickly cooperate, we underestimated her. In her determination to safeguard the president, Monica kept a team of experienced FBI agents and career prosecutors twiddling their thumbs for a lot of your day.

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