Monica Lewinsky defends storming off stage during live interview over Bill Clinton question

Right, let’s just ignore the pink elephant in the room.

Monica Lewinsky walked off stage during a live interview Monday at a conference in Israel after being asked a question about former President Bill Clinton.

The former Clinton White House intern was being interviewed by Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi at the Jerusalem Convention Center and became miffed when Levi referenced Clinton’s recent comments about not owing Lewinsky an apology.

“Do you still expect that apology? A personal apology?” Levi asked.

“I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to do this,” Lewinsky responded, before dropping her microphone on the table and angrily walking off stage.

Lewinsky later posted a statement on Twitter explaining that she walked out because there were “clear parameters” for the interview and she had previously told Levi that the question about Clinton was “off limits.”

“When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me I had been misled,” she said. “I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative.”

Ironically, Lewinsky delivered a speech at the venue before the interview, and spoke about the scandal that resulted from her sexual relationship with Clinton.

Lewinsky told the audience that she “was shunned from almost every community which I belonged to, including my religious community,” adding that it “led to some very dark times for me,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

So it would appear that the topic itself is not off-limits, just who is permitted to talk about it.

Her decision to end the interview made for some interesting chatter online, with one social media user reminding all that the only reason Lewinsky is a public figure today is because of her affair with Clinton.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison

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