Monica Lewinsky wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but she hasn’t missed out on one of Hollywood’s biggest bashes.
She arrived among a crowd of A-listers at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, wearing a strapless black dress, a matching clutch and gold shoes.
Lewinsky, 42, is now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair after writing a 5,000-plus-word essay about the Clinton case in the magazine’s June 2014 edition.
The story, titled Shame and Survival, later became a contender in the National Magazine Awards.
Lewinsky launched an anti-bullying campaign earlier this month, unveiling a special emoji keyboard meant to enable teenagers to support each other online.
Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks and Mary J Blige also turned up at the Vanity Fair party, as well as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Lewinsky, pictured in June 1998 with her lawyers Nathaniel Speights (left) and Jacobs Stein (right) in Washington, DC, said in her Vanity Fair article that she didn’t with the Clintons ill and wanted to give a purpose to her past
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton has spent most of his time on the campaign trail, helping his wife Hillary in her bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
He spoke in Florida on Sunday night, defending the moment he snapped at a veteran who was questioning Hillary’s stance on the Veterans Association at a previous event.
The Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, when news report emerged saying then-President Bill Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky, a former White House intern who began work in 1995 and moved on to the Pentagon until 1997.
Clinton first forcefully denied the allegations, saying in January that year in a public statement: ‘I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me … I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’
He eventually admitted in August 1998 to having an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky.
‘I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife,’ he said at the time. ‘I deeply regret that.’
‘Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong.
It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible.’
Clinton was later impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The Senate acquitted him in February 1999.