Monica Lewinsky Documentary Looks Back at the Scandal With Former President Bill Clinton

The former White House intern opens up about when she felt she was the "most humiliated woman in the world."
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in the world. And now Monica lewinsky is back in the spotlight and ready to revisit the days when her name was screamed across the headlines tying her to a white house sex scandal with president bill Clinton. Ron Claiborne has more. In the past ten years Monica lewinsky has been in the shadows stay ago way from the spotlight. Back in a new national geographic documentary airing tonight called the '90s. The last grade decade. What was like to be in the vortex that captivated the nation. I was a virgin to humiliation at that level until that day. Reporter: It's been 17 years since Monica lewinsky went from anonymous white house intern to focus of a sex scandal that threatened to bring down a president. Now for the first time in a decade she is speaking out in the new national geographic documentary and describes being grilled by FBI agents about her affair with the most powerful man in the world. I don't even know how to accurately describe the shock and the trauma and the fear. They threatened moo he with 27 years in jail or I had to cooperate. The third option really was I looked out the window and thought I'll just jump. Reporter: It was the dawn of the digital age in news and the scandal exploded across the internet. With the online drudge report leading the way. A strange circumstance where reporters in Washington were afraid to report the story. Hey. Get your arms off her. Reporter: Soon lewinsky was being hounded at every turn by reporters and photographers. President Clinton meanwhile, testifying under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit denying an affair. It's certainly not the truth. It would not be the truth. The pivotal point was when I asked the president about gifts that he had given to Monica lewinsky because my questions were specific. He knew at that point that there had been a breach in their covenant of secrecy. Reporter: Clinton survived impeachment but lewinsky deeply shamed would become a virtual recluse for years. I was the most humiliated woman in the world. Now re-emerging to take back the narrative of my life, as she puts it. She uses two words again and again, humiliation over the sordid details of her affair with the president made public and frightened by the FBI interrogation, the media frenzy, people's reactions to her personally all of which drove her to leave the country to England at one point. Now 40 years old lewinsky says she is finally, finally ready to move on. Of course, we think back to that interview with Barbara Walters, a record 70 million people tuned in to that. Yeah. Let's hope she can move forward. Absolutely. Can you watch "The 90s" starting at 9:00 on the national geographic channel.

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