President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Photo Credit: William J Presidential Library
THE affair between President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the 1999 impeachment proceedings it led to will be featured on US television.
It will be the latest series of American Crime Story and will air in the run-up to next year’s presidential election.
Lewinsky is among the producers on the FX show. Previous seasons featured the OJ Simpson trial and the murder of Gianni Versace.
Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein will play Lewinsky in the drama while Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, the civil servant who secretly recorded Lewinsky’s private phone calls about her affair with the president.
It is not yet known who will play Bill and Hillary Clinton on the show based on a 2000 book by Jeffrey Toobin.
In a statement to Vanity Fair, Lewinsky said she was “hesitant” and “more than a little scared” to be involved in the Ryan Murphy production.
She said, “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades.
“It wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative.
“I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation.”