Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky Scandal 20 Years On: Where Are All the Major Figures Now?

Update | It's been 20 years since the Drudge Report broke the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair, which would mar Clinton's presidency and bring a House impeachment vote.

Multiple figures were involved in the scandal: Clinton, the president of the United States. Lewinsky, a 22-year-old unpaid intern whom Clinton initially claimed he "never had sexual relations" with. Linda Tripp, the civil servant who recorded the damning audiotapes. And so on.

In 1998, you probably couldn't go anywhere without hearing about the affair. And Lewinsky couldn't go anywhere without being berated by the paparazzi. 

So where are some of them now, two decades later?

Bill Clinton

Clinton was impeached by the House in 1998 but the Senate acquitted him of all charges in 1999 and decided not to remove him from office. He was succeeded by George W. Bush in 2001.
The former president is now involved in public speaking and humanitarian work, and is board chair of the Clinton Foundation, which addresses international causes such as AIDS prevention and global warming. The foundation has received some criticism for accepting donations from individuals and entities that had an interest in influencing U.S. policy a few years back.
862049278 Bill Clinton speaks during the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative at Northeastern University in Boston on October 13, 2017. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
In May, it was reported that Clinton is working on a book titled The President Is Missing with best-selling author James Patterson, slated for publication this summer.

The #MeToo movement has revived discussion of the Lewinsky affair, with women such as Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York saying Clinton should have resigned following revelations of his relationship with the intern.

Monica Lewinsky

Lewinsky secured witness immunity for providing grand jury testimony about her relationship with the president. In the immediate years afterward, she sold a line of handbags, appeared in commercials for diet company Jenny Craig, starred in the 2002 HBO documentary Monica: In Black and White and pursued an advanced degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics. She was also the subject of Monica: Her Story, Andrew Morton's 1999 book.
645661832 Monica Lewinsky attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on February 26, 2017. Mike Coppola/VF17/Getty Images for VF
Lewinsky kept largely to herself until 2014, when she wrote a tell-all essay titled "Shame and Survival" for Vanity Fair and insisted it was “time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” She is currently an advocate against cyberbullying, giving talks at Facebook and business conferences on "how to make the internet more compassionate," The Guardian reported. 
She chimed in amid the growing #MeToo movement in October, tweeting simply, "#MeToo."
Juanita Broaddrick, who has long alleged that Clinton raped her in the 1970s, fired back, tweeting, "Where were you when we needed you?"

Linda Tripp 

Linda Tripp, who befriended Lewinsky while the two worked in the Pentagon beginning in April 1996, became a confidant of Lewinsky's and recorded hours of phone conversations about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair in fall 1997, before becoming a whistleblower and ultimately sharing them with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
After Bush's presidency began, Tripp was fired from her job. She now lives in Middleburg, Virginia, with her husband, Dieter Rausch, and the pair run a holiday store called the Christmas Sleigh, which sells homemade ornaments.
109896644 Linda Tripp speaks to the press in July 1998. Susan Biddle/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Tripp still can't shake the 20-year-old scandal, though. An upcoming Amazon movie, Linda and Monica, will detail the pair’s relationship. In an August 2017 interview with Page Six about the movie, Tripp said Lewinsky was "lacking a moral compass."
She also told The Weekly Standard that the recent headlines about powerful men's sexual misconduct are "forcing me to relive a lot of” what transpired 20 years ago. 

Hillary Clinton 

Amid allegations of her husband’s infidelity, Clinton often worked relentlessly to discredit the women who came forward. As the Lewinsky affair unfolded publicly, Clinton told a close friend in 1998 that Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony tune” who wouldn’t let the president break off their relationship. 

Clinton would make two presidential runs of her own, the latter ending in defeat to Donald Trump in November 2016. Though repeatedly on Trump's target list, she remained largely out of the spotlight after the election, until the publication of her book What Happened last September.

885202584 Hillary Clinton discusses the 2016 election onstage during a book tour stop at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on November 30, 2017. Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

That month, in her first TV interview since her defeat, Clinton blamed Russian interference in the election as well as her own mistakes, such as her inability to connect with economically struggling voters and her use a private email server while secretary of state. In the 469-page What Happened, she describes her husband as a pillar who got her through the devastating loss to Trump.

"My marriage to Bill Clinton was the most consequential decision of my life," Clinton wrote. "We've been married since 1975. We've had many, many more happy days than sad or angry ones." 

Paula Jones

Paula Jones was a former Arkansas state worker who sued Clinton, ultimately unsuccessfully, in 1994, alleging he exposed his genitals and propositioned her a few years earlier when he was governor. In a deposition for the Jones case, Clinton claimed under oath he never had sexual relations with Lewinsky, setting up a perjury prosecution that led to his House impeachment.
Clinton paid Jones a reported $850,000 in an out-of-court settlement but never apologized. In 2000, a year after the settlement, Jones did a nude photo layout for Penthouse, a decision she attributed to being "a single mother with a looming tax bill."
613703712 From left, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, who have all accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault, watch the town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis on October 9, 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Since the lawsuit, Jones has supported various Republican politicians, notably Trump. She was photographed at an Arkansas Trump rally in February 2016 and also attended a Trump panel before the October 2016 presidential debate. Vanity Fair called her "a conflicted symbol" for endorsing a candidate who bragged about grabbing women by the genitals.
“I’m very conservative—very conservative,” she told Vanity Fair in a September feature.

Kenneth Starr

Starr was the independent counsel who investigated the Clinton-Lewinsky affair and accused Clinton of using "perks of his political posts to lure women," Newsweek reported. Bill Clinton claimed at the time that Starr was spearheading a political witch hunt against him.
460820924 Baylor University President Ken Starr looks on as the Baylor Bears host the Texas A&M Aggies at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on December 9, 2014. Cooper Neill/Getty Images
The former prosecutor became president of Baylor University in 2010 but was demoted after reports surfaced that the university had largely mishandled or ignored sexual assault claims involving Baylor football players. He then became a frontrunner to head up the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom under Trump in early 2017.
As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, Starr's name anchored a trending Twitter campaign in November—“Ken Starr Was Right”—that supported the idea that Clinton should have resigned or been forced from office. 
Correction: This story originally said former President Bill Clinton escaped impeachment in 1999. He was, in fact, impeached by the House in 1998, but the Senate acquitted him of the charges in 1999 and decided to leave him in power. Newsweek regrets this error.  

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