The Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton sex scandal is being dug up again — and this time it’s going to be downright criminal.
Ryan Murphy announced that the upcoming season of “American Crime Story” will focus on the affair’s political blowout, told through the lens of Jeffery Toobin’s book, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President.”
“It’s a very interesting book,” Murphy told E! News. “It’s not really about Hillary Clinton. That book is about the rise of a certain segment of a right-ring group of people who despised the Clintons and used three women, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp to try and tear him down. There are a lot of bizarre crimes within that book that you can highlight.”
Sarah Paulson is already attached to the project, though it has not been announced which character she will play. Shooting will begin at the end of this year.
The Lewinsky/Clinton affair isn’t the first national scandal Murphy has reframed for television. The first season of “American Crime Story” focused on the O.J. Simpson trial, while the third season will take on the 1997 assassination of designer Gianni Versace.
Fans of show shouldn’t expect another season filled with arduous legal battles, though.
“We’ll never do another trial again like we did with People v. O.J. Simpson,” Murphy told EW. “Every year, every season we’re looking at a way to sort of plant the flag of that show into something but have it be dramatically different.”
After six years of a scandal-ridden marriage, Huma Abedin, a top aide for Hillary Clinton, announced she would splitting up with husband, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The news came after The New York Post published a fresh set of allegations that Weiner had, yet again, been caught sending sexual text messages.
We’re taking a brief look back at Abedin and Weiner’s stormy relationship, with some surprising facts you might not know about the former couple (Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding?!)
Weiner said he was infatuated by Abedin from the start.
“I started seeing her around,” Weiner said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. “and I was like, ‘Wow, who is that?’ And I was not the only one. It’s not like she’s this lightweight beautiful person in fancy outfits. She’s like this intriguing, fascinating creature.”
He tried to get a date with her — by buttering up Hillary Clinton.
Weiner first asked Abedin on a date during a Democratic National Committee retreat. She initially begged off, saying she had too much work to do. Weiner then turned to Hillary Clinton, and asked if she would give Abedin the night off. The then-senator gamely agreed, saying: “Of course all you young people should go out!”
The two got married in 2010, with Bill Clinton officiating the wedding.
Hillary Clinton also chipped in by hosting the couple’s engagement party.
After Weiner’s first scandal, Abedin said that she felt like she “couldn’t breathe.”
“I felt like I was in an airplane really high in the air,” she told the New York Times Magazine. “And all of a sudden, the plane is coming apart at the seams, and I am just doing all I can to hang on for dear life. That is what it felt like.”
They’ve already considered separating.
During a scene in the documentary “Weiner,” Abedin tried to help her husband recall when he started sexting. “It was back when we were talking about separating,” she tells him.
Thea Glassman is a Multimedia Fellow at the Forward. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @theakglassman.
Bill Clinton’s sentimental paean to his wife Hillary Clinton at this week’s Democratic Convention in Philadelphia sent me back to Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust June 20, 2002 dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria at which then New York Senator Clinton was to have been the keynote speaker.
Racing down from Harlem wearing a grey suit and red tie, former president Clinton faced the sea of black-tie guests that included erstwhile mayor Ed Koch, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, real estate magnate Jack Rudin, PR maven Howard Rubenstein and informed that “my wife was voting in the Senate” then apologetically joked: “There’s nothing worse than being a Senate spouse and not being properly turned out.”
Following then Museum director David Marwell’s emotional commentary: “When the history of this time is written, future historians will note how a small museum that stood in the shadow of the World Trade Center was the first to build in that neighborhood following the 9/11 tragedy,” a somber Bill Clinton recalled: “The worst day of my life was the day when my friend Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated…. As we stand against terrorism and anti-Semitism, we must stand against those who choose death instead of life.” Clinton concluded: “I do not have an easy solution for you…Keep hoping and working toward peace through all the terror…. When all is said and done, the U.S. will always be for Israel.”
To everyone’s delight, an affable Clinton—who was in no rush to leave—was glad-handing guests including Clinton booster Patti Kenner and dinner honoree Irving Schneider, then chairman and CEO of Helmsley-Spear, who accepted the Heritage Award from [then] museum’s chairman of the board Robert Morgenthau.”
Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter this Monday to announce some pretty great news: baby number two is on the way!
Next summer, Charlotte is going to be a big sister! Feeling very blessed & grateful this holiday season. pic.twitter.com/gpCGqcmeCq— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) December 21, 2015
Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky — a Jewish investment banker who was raised conservative — were married at in an interfaith ceremony in Rhinebeck, NY on July of 2010. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, on September 26, 2014.
Clinton, 35, is the only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton. She is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, a charity that focuses on global health issues among other causes. She and Mezvinksy live in New York City with their daughter.
Naturally, Grandma Hillary and Grandpa Bill kvelled on social media:
Your dad and I could not be happier for you, Marc, and Charlotte. We’re so excited to meet our second grandchild! -H https://t.co/hgTr07HBlr— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 21, 2015
Christmas comes early! @HillaryClinton and I are thrilled for Chelsea, Marc and Charlotte’s growing family in 2016! https://t.co/D1zCrrzXa2— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 21, 2015
Call it the King David defense — for Bubba.
A noted Jewish studies professor once suggested President Bill Clinton was not guilty of adultery with White House intern Monica Lewinsky under a Talmudic approach — and noted that the Biblical David was never ousted for much worse sins, a newly released email reveals.
The email from Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth and the daughter of theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, is one of about 10,000 records from the Clinton presidency that were released by the Clinton Presidential Library.
“According to classical Jewish law, President Clinton did not commit adultery; adultery is defined as a married man having intercourse with a married woman, and Monica Lewinsky is single,” said Heschel’s email from Jan. 27, 1999.
The email, which was first reported by the New York Post came at the height of the sex scandal that threatened to topple Bill Clinton. The email from Heschel was sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic policy adviser, Ruby Shamir, by Linda Commodore of Long Island.
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