Monica Lewinsky Tells the Blue Dress Story: I Thought it ‘Could Be Spinach Dip or Something’


Monica Lewinsky shared the details of her infamous semen-stained dress in the upcoming A&E series The Clinton Affair, which was previewed by the New York Posand airs this Sunday.

The build up to the stain started when Lewinsky, who had an ongoing affair with the former president at the time, visited Clinton at the White House in 1997 for a radio address. The day marked one of Clinton’s first in his new term and the first time the two had seen each other since Lewinsky was moved to the Pentagon during the 1996 election — a change she believed was designed to keep her away from the president during the campaign.

“He said he had a present for me. I didn’t quite know — would I get to see him alone? Wouldn’t I?” Lewinsky said. “As I went through to shake his hand after and take a picture with him, he said, ‘Oh, go see [Clinton’s secretary Betty Currie], she has something for you.’”

She continued: “She brought me into the Oval Office and all three of us went into the back study, and she went into the dining room to hide there. Because the illusion to everyone else was that I was not alone with him.”

Clinton’s gifts for Lewinsky included a hat pin — telling her that “’you always look so cute in hats,’ or ‘you and your hats,’ or something like that'” — and a “beautiful copy” of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

Lewinsky described the gesture as “very meaningful,” explaining, “It’s an intimate book that you don’t give lightly. Whatever had been nagging in me — is what I’m feeling real? Is that there? Whatever those insecurities were, they kind of vanished in some way with him giving me this gift.”

The presents also caused the two to take their affair further.

“We moved to the bathroom and were more intimate,” she explained. “There was some attention paid on me and then I was reciprocating, where up until that point he had always stopped before completion on his part.”

Lewinsky said that when the two started getting intimiate this time, she told him that she wanted to “move past that stage” of non-completion and Clinton agreed.

“So that finished and then I hugged him after. And he hugged me,” she said — pinpointing the exact moment the stain occurred. “And off I went.”

While at dinner that same night, no one around her noticed the semen on her address, and Lewinsky didn’t know about the stain’s existence until she took the dress out of her closet to wear for Thanksgiving. After modeling it for her friend Linda Tripp, the two realized what the stain was and Tripp advised Lewinsky to hold onto it for the future.

As for what else it could’ve been, Lewinsky told the grand jury in 1998 that she thought it “could be spinach dip or something.”

Watch a trailer for the show above, via A&E.

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