Monica Lewinsky Lashes Out At Media In TED Talk; Says She Was Cyberbullying ‘Patient-Zero’

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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In a TED talk capped by an extended standing ovation Thursday, Monica Lewinsky said that she learned the “devastating consequences” of falling in love with her former boss — Bill Clinton — and that she considers herself cyberbullying’s “patient-zero.”

Lewinsky carried on a relationship with Clinton in 1995 and 1996 while she worked as his intern. She told her friend at the time, Linda Tripp, about the affair. The story was first reported by the Drudge Report and set off a massive scandal.

The 41-year-old did not go into detail about her relationship with Clinton or offer any thoughts on Hillary’s potential 2016 presidential bid. Instead she aired her grievances with how the media — especially online media — covered the story and affected her life.

She also slammed the business model of news websites, which she said generate revenue by exploiting shame.

Lewinsky also told the audience in Vancouver that when her affair with Clinton was revealed in 1998, her parents worried that she would commit suicide.

She said she drew inspiration from the case of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who committed suicide by jumping off of a bridge in 2010 after his roommate filmed him kissing another man.

Lewinsky’s TED talk comes during that organization’s annual week-long conference. Her presentation was part of a session titled “Just and Unjust.”

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