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Monica Lewinsky, angered by 'off limits' question on Clinton, walks off Israeli stage

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Monica Lewinsky cut short an Israeli interview and walked off stage after what she described on Tuesday as an "off limits" question about former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Lewinsky, whose affair as a White House intern with Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, sat for an interview with an Israeli TV anchor at a Jerusalem speaking event on Monday where the now 45-year-old anti-bullying activist delivered an address on the dangers of social media.

She abruptly rose from her seat and strode off stage after the opening question - on whether she still expected a personal apology from Clinton.

"I'm so sorry. I'm not going to be able to do this," Lewinsky said before walking away.

Clinton, asked in an NBC interview in June whether he felt he owed Lewinsky an apology, replied: "No. I have never talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry."

Tweeting about her reason for leaving the stage in Jerusalem, Lewinsky wrote: "There were clear parameters about what we would be discussing and what we would not.

"In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits ... I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative."

In response, the Israeli News Company, which sponsored the event and employs the interviewer, said it had honoured all its agreements with Lewinsky and her requests.

"We believe the question asked on stage was legitimate and respectful, and one that certainly does not go beyond Ms Lewinsky's requests and does not cross the line," it said in a statement.

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If the journalist violated the pre-arranged agreement, then Lewinsky had the right to stop the interview. She was not there to talk about the 20 year old incident. It seems the interviewer tried to take advantage of her by throwing in that question. Monica took control of the situation in a way she was unable to do 20 years ago. Good for her.

I've always had sympathy for her. I doubt that any of us would want to be defined for the rest of our lives for something we did in our early 20's.

And as events showed she may have been naive but she was never malevolent. I wish her well, always.

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Israel USA connection confirmed. She had the right though. Off topic.

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But they didn't even have sex? Ask President Clinton. Certainly he didn't lie. Oral sex isn't sex, right?

She had a choice then and now. She is a legal adult then and now.

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Sounds on balance as if the Israeli News company is lying to us. Lying, but boosting their audience ratings. A shame, but good on her.

Quote: "In fact, the exact question the interviewer asked first, she had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits ... I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative." In response, the Israeli News Company, which sponsored the event and employs the interviewer, said it had honoured all its agreements with Lewinsky and her requests.

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