Monica Lewinsky producing next 'American Crime Story' about Bill Clinton impeachment
American Crime Story is creating a new series about Bill Clinton's impeachment and you'll never guess who one of the co-producers is: Monica Lewinsky.
The true crime drama series has previously covered Gianni Versace's murder and the OJ Simpson trial. Their newest instalment will focus on the then 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky's affair with President Bill Clinton while he was in office.
Titled Impeachment, the show will be created and produced by Ryan Murphy, and based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story Of The Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President.
Here's the moment that Clinton admitted to his affair:
As for the cast, Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, who was the woman who recorded the phone calls between Lewinsky and Clinton as they discussed their affair. Beanie Feldstein will play Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford is going to portray Paula Jones, who was the woman that sued Clinton for sexual harassment.
Because of how the affair negatively affected her mental health and public image, Lewinsky was originally hesitant to get involved with the project. However, she ultimately felt that it was important to discuss the affair again. She felt that having a voice in the series will help society grow as a whole, especially in light of the Me Too Movement.
Bill Clinton was the only U.S. president besides Andrew Johnson to have been impeached. After his perjury charges were cleared, he went on to be president for another term.
He did publicly apologise for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
American Crime Story got the go ahead to make the book into the series in 2017. However, they didn't want to start filming without Monica Lewinsky. The series is set to premiere in September of 2020.