WASHINGTON — When Bill Clinton comes, Monica Lewinsky gets disinvited.
Lewinsky — who was at the center of a sex scandal with Clinton in the mid-’90s — was dropped from Town & Country’s annual philanthropic event Wednesday when the ex-president decided to attend.
please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and –then after i’ve accepted– uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited.
emily post would def not approve.
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) May 9, 2018
She added: “p.s. …and definitely, please don’t try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag.”
While she did not name the magazine, Town & Country responded Thursday morning, tweeting: “We apologize to Ms. Lewinsky and regret the way the situation was handled.”
We apologize to Ms. Lewinsky and regret the way the situation was handled.
— TOWN&COUNTRY (@TandCmag) May 10, 2018
Clinton also responded on Twitter through spokesperson Angel Ureña after a Huffington Post report, saying the sax-playing former commander-in-chief was unaware of either Lewinsky’s invitation or disinvitation.
“President Clinton was invited to address the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit. He gladly accepted. Neither he nor his staff knew anything about the invitation or it being rescinded,” the tweet said.
President Clinton was invited to address the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit. He gladly accepted. Neither he nor his staff knew anything about the invitation or it being rescinded. https://t.co/iZ0xtG4OvQ
— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) May 9, 2018
Lewinsky has returned to the spotlight in recent months due to the surging #MeToo movement.
She was a 22-year-old White House intern when Clinton entered into an affair with her.
Lewinsky has said that while the ex-president’s actions, which led to impeachment proceedings against Clinton, were “not sexual assault,” they “constituted a gross abuse of power.”
She wrote recently in Vanity Fair that she is “in awe of the sheer courage” of women who’ve been confronting “entrenched beliefs and institutions.”
Lewinsky said she was recently moved to tears when a leader of the #MeToo movement told her, “I’m so sorry you were so alone.”
Clinton initially denied having an affair with the then-White House intern before admitting to it in 1998.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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