Prosecutors Return Lewinsky's Dress

ByABC News
July 6, 2001, 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2001 -- Monica Lewinsky finally has gotten her infamous blue dress back from investigators.

The Office of the Independent Counsel has confirmed that Lewinsky was given the soiled navy blue Gap dress, along with a "variety of things" that were taken from her apartment during the investigation into her affair with then-President Clinton.

Lewinsky's semen-stained dress was a key piece of evidence that helped Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr tie her to Clinton.

The counsel's office says that as it begins to shut down operations "a great many items of tangible property" are being returned to Lewinsky and others.

Lewinsky reportedly was fighting to get the dress back, along with her other belongings. But in an interview with ABCNEWS' Barbara Walters in 1999, the former White House intern said she considered the stained dress a humiliation.

Asked at the time what she would do if she ever got the dress back, Lewinsky said she would burn it.

Among other gifts from Clinton that Lewinsky had turned over to prosecutors were, as listed in the Starr Report, "a hat pin, two brooches, a blanket, a marble bear figurine, and a special edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass."

Some photographs also have been returned.