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this is "nightline." >> tonight -- >> i kind of have to laugh at my younger self. but that was when my crush started. >> monica lewinski revealing intimate details of how it all began. >> i realized the top inch or two of my underwear was showing, my thong underwear. and i thought, well, i'll up the game. the infamous affair that nearly took down a president and why her story has new meaning in the era of "me too." plus -- >> hi, i'm karlie kloss and you're watching "nightline." >> the supermodel taking us from high fashion to high-tech. >> we have amazing, brilliant ladies in every corner. >> doubling as a computer whiz,
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good evening. thank you for joining us. tonight, monica lewinski reflecting on the scandal that rocked the nation and forever changed her life nea era of "me lewinski's story cast in a new light. now she's revealing the intimate details and embarrassing moments in hopes of helps others avoid a similar fate. here's my "nightline" coanchor juju chang. >> he paid a lot of attention to me. he spent time sort of standing there and held my hand longer than he should have and gave what others have described as the full bill clinton. it feels as if you're the only person standing there. >> reporter: it's the infamous start to an illicit affair. one that nearly toppled a president. >> my underwear had been showing, my thong underwear. and i thought, well, i'll up the
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game. >> reporter: monica lewinski speaking out about the flirtatious moments that landed her squarely at the center of a white house scandal. >> i kind of have to laugh at my younger self. but that was when my crush started. >> reporter: the unpaid intern and the commander in chief. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> reporter: now for lewinski, a new reckoning with her past in a revealing six-part docu-series entitled "the clinton affair" airing on a&e. front and center, president clinton's reckless behavior which almost cost him his presidency. fresh out of college, lewinski catches the eye of the president as he's leaving the white house to catch it again. >> i did this really silly thing. i ran home at lunchtime and i put back on the sage green suit i had been wearing the day before when he paid attention to me. i thought, maybe he'll notice me again. and notice me he did.
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>> reporter: lewinski, now 45, reflects back on her own naivete which she says led her to their disastrous liaison. >> the truth is i think it meant more to me that someone who other people desired, desired me. however wrong it was, however misguided, for who i was in that very moment, at 22 years old, that was how it felt. >> reporter: in an essay for "vanity fair," lewinski says she took part in the documentary to acknowledge her past behavior, which she still regrets and feels ashamed of. in the era of "me too," the story of a young intern's entanglement with the most powerful man in the world and its aftermath now examined in a completely new light by director blair foster. >> there's a real power imbans license. i don't think you get greater imbalance between the president of the united states and an intern. she was slut shamed, she was fat shamed. >> it was open season on lewinski. >> 100%, it was brutal. >> reporter: over two years they had multiple sexually
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encounters, engaged in phone sex, exchanged gifts. amidst all the turmoil, lewinski began confiding in an older colleague, linda tripp. >> when i tell you that i never expected to feel this way about him, and i'm not kidding you -- >> reporter: unbeknownst to monica, tripp started recording phone conversations about every intimate detail, including a dress monica believed was stained with the president's semen. >> the nafty blue dress. now all i would say to you is, i know how you feel today. but you have a very long life ahead of you. i would rather you had that in your possession if you need it years from now. >> linda? hi, it's monnie. >> monica, darling, hold on. >> reporter: the imbalance of their seeming friendship portrayed on "snl." all while president clinton is already under a microscope, fighting a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct.
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paula jones claimed that the then arkansas governor asked her for a sexual favor while she was a state clerk. >> may of '91, bill clinton harassed me on the job, then basically told me, let's keep this between ourselves. >> did you ever ask paula jones to kiss your penis? >> no, i did not. >> reporter: paula jones' attorneys got a tip from an unexpected source. lewinski's confidant, linda tripp. so with knowledge of the affair, jones' attorney asked president clinton about lewinski. he lied under oath. >> i -- i have never had sexual relations with monica lewinski, i've never had an affair with her. >> bill clinton handed the sword henemie >> rorter: in jfetngow n havsel relationwith that woma miss lewinski. >> reporter: lewinski recalls being confirmed by fbi agents
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who threatened her with lengthy jail time for denying the affair, lying under oath, in the paula jones case. they wanted her to turn against the president. but she refused. >> they imagined that i would have flipped really easily. they had no plan in place for what would happen if i said no. there was a point for me somewhere in this sort of first several hours where i would be hysterically crying, then i would just shut down. and in the shutdown period i remember looking out the window and thinking that the only way to fix this was to kill myself. was to jump out the window. and i -- i just -- i felt terrible. i was scared. and i just -- i was mortified. and afraid of what this was going to do to my family. and, you know -- i still was in love with bill at the time.
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so i just -- i felt really responsible. >>or total immunity in exchange giving up key pieces of evidence. including gifts from the president. and that blue dress. the physical proof of their relationship. >> i was going to the white house in the dark of night to take a blood sample from the sitting president of the united states to compare with a semen stain on a dress of a 22-year-old. >> reporter: president clinton would undergo impeachment hearings in the fall of 1998. >> i don't remember exactly what i did say with her. that's what you say i said. >> the prospect of impeachment can never be far from president clinton's mind these days -- >> reporter: for only the second time in history, the house of representatives would vote to impeach a president. but the senate later voted to acquit. >> he leaves office with tnk somethin lines >> reporter: but monica's role
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in the clinton affair forever etched in a memory of the american public, skewered on late night shows. >> bill, you already said you had no sexual relationship with monica. >> reporter: hounded by the press. >> i think we're learning more and more right now in the "me too" movement around people in power just how reckless they act. >> reporter: earlier this year mr. clinton was asked about the scandal by nbc. >> i asked if you ever apologized and you said you have. >> i have. >> you apologized to her? >> i apologized to everybody in the world. >> you didn't apologize to her, at least according to folks we talked to. there was never an apology -- >> i have not talked to her. >> do you feel like you owe her an apology? >> no. i do not -- i've never talked to her, but i did say publicly on more than one occasion that i was sorry. >> reporter: and then, just last month, hillary clinton was asked by cbs if time had changed her opinion. >> in retrospect, do you think bill should have resigned,
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president clinton should have resigned, in the '90s, in the wake of the monica lewinski scandal? >> absolutely not. >> it wasn't abuse of power? >> no. >> reporter: despite the re-examination that "me too" may have brought, lewinski still contends that it hasn't come far enough for her. writing that that else say for "vanity fair" what feels more important toha whether i am owed or deserving of a personal apology is my belief that bill clinton should want to apologize. i'm less disappointed by him and more disappointed for him. he would be a better man fit, and we in turn a better society. >> monica apologizes to both hillary and chelsea. i mean, i think she's deeply remorseful. monica's always been very up front about, this was a consensual affair. and her regret in that. next, from the catwalk to the computer lab, how supermodel karlie kloss is empowering young girls.
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runway show. >> reporter: kloss got her start as a model at 13 years old. discovered at a local charity fashion show in st. louis where she grew up. how quickly did it go from being normal in st. louis to supermodel? when i started my freshman year of high school, i got an opportunity to walk in new york faction week for call lin kline. and i was 15 years old. literally had started high school two days before. and it just put me on the map. >> reporter: since then she's become one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world. >> i was going back and forth between like sitting in my chemistry class, getting on a plane that night right after school, going to paris, walking, opening the couture show, being in the campaign, then going back home and like needing to like still turn in my five-paragraph essay. >> i bet you did it too, by the way. >> oh, yeah. but it was this really amazing
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dual world and life that i lived, and still live, i guess. >> reporter: when we met up with kloss, it had been a really busy week. >> i got married on a thursday, went on a honeymoon for two days, came back, and went straight into production for , kind of, my life. the thing is i really love what i do. >> reporter: the couture-clad super beauty might not fit the stereotype for the hoodie-wearing coder. the daughter of a daughter, kloss says math and science have always been in her dna. for karlie kloss to talk about coding, to talk about science and technology and math, was that scary in the beginning? >> it definitely was scary because nobody expected me to do that. everybody expected me to be one thing. like to be on the catwalks or in magazines. me standing up and kind of camps 2 cities sionigtedhatars0
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country. an le ift, the same language used by developers to create apps for apple. >> last monday, most everybody didn't have any swift experience. you learn the a to z of how to build something and then we basically give the last two and a half days to figure out what kind of app you want to build and to build it. >> reporter: each group collaborating to solve real-world problems. >> "s" for sustainability. >> a personal project i work on for this program in school, trying to detect sinkholes before they collapse. >> reporter: as young female coders, they say this camp provides a supportive place to grow and thrive. >> what are the coding classes in school like? >> just like three girls in the front row, then the restly guys club. >> we have this network of girls that have already done the
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packages, hit up a girlfriend any time i wanted to, hey, help me out here. that was really great. finite a rejuvenating experience, having amazing girls to work with and talk about code with. >> why all women? what is the importance of having a camp dedicated to them and coding? >> there's so many barriers to entry for why young women don't get into computer science. it starts with kind of having access to the education and that girls even have a coding class at their school are hesitant to take it for a number of reasons. because they're the only girl in the class, they feel dumb asking the question in the computer science class, so they drop out. >> reporter: in fact, today, while women make up more than half of college-educated workers, they make up just 25% of those in the science and technology industries. >> that affects the overall pipeline of women in the
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industry with the skills to be able to code an engineering job. >> you're going to show us some code today? >> reporter: after learning some basics at camp i sat down with kloss and her teacher avi from the flatiron school for a private lesson. our goal, to maket rn eji hearts. >> this is what the code looks like to power the emoji rain. >> reporter: the code directs each heart. >> so we've got the function that we call movie moenlg gee. and the function is the engine that really tells what we want each emoji to do. >> how many lines of code was that to get this? >> 73. >> simplified. then there's a lot of ways to write the same thing. the more beautiful and elegant code is written, the more kind of simple it is. so that's how you make it rain. >> reporter: as i spend more time with kloss, it's hard not to notice an exuding sense of gratitude for the opportunity she's been given and what she's been able to give back.
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>> i want to use any kind of voice or power that i have to help other young women. that's not because i'm a goody two shoes girl trying to be a role model. i just helping other young women. and that's always been the case. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm rebecca jarvis in new york. >> you can hear more of karlie kloss' interview on abc's podcast "no limits with rebecca jarvis." next, why celine dion drove all night to break into a nursery. okay, i never thought i'd say this, but i found bladder leak underwear that's actually pretty. surprised? it's called always discreet boutique. it looks and fits like my underwear. i know what you're thinking.
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and finally tonight, superstar singer celine dion's new endeavor. in a new campaign, celine breaking into a hospital nursery to break gender norms. >> it's okay, it's okay. i'm celine dion. >> the singer partnering with children's clothing brand inunu to create agender-neutral line for new arrivals. the high-end micro fashion not the typical blue and pink but adorned with oh
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