Town & Country uninvites Monica Lewinsky to event that Bill Clinton is attending

Federico Mansilla
May 12, 2018

Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with then-President Clinton led to his impeachment investigation, tweeted May 9 that she was invited and accepted but then the magazine "uninvite [d] me because Bill Clinton then made a decision to attend/was invited".

"I had been to this rodeo many times before - disinvited to professional and social events "to avoid any awkwardness" or 'to not anger certain people, ' after an organizer or a host had looked over the guest list and reconsidered my potential presence", she writes.

"President Clinton was invited to address the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit", press secretary Angel Ureña said on Twitter.

Clinton initially denied having an affair with the then-White House intern before admitting to it in 1998. We've also written to Clinton's reps to ask when he was invited to the conference and if Town & Country raised the matter of Lewinsky's attendance. "Sometimes it's just an innocent (though no less rude) faux pas, but it's often a reflection of the more implicit pragmatics of control and politeness", she says, comparing the play of power to "The Handmaid's Tale". The mass shooting took place at the Parkland, Fla., high school on February 14. "But hours later, I was informed that that wouldn't work". A spokesman for Clinton said the former president was not aware of the situation in advance.

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The move by Town & Country struck many as exactly the wrong thing to do ― particularly at a time when women are finally being heard when it comes to issues of sexual harassment.

We apologize to Ms. Lewinsky and regret the way the situation was handled.

Lewinsky, who is an anti-bullying activist, says being uninvited is familiar territory.

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