‘The Lewinski Case’ debuts on laSexta: the keys to the series that recounts one of the biggest scandals in history at the hands of its own protagonist

Monica Lewinsky is not only the subject of the story, but also serves as an executive producer. The series, the third installment in Ryan Murphy’s anthology ‘American Crime Story’, premieres exclusively on laSexta this Thursday, November 11.

If you were already a certain age at the end of the 90s, it is impossible not to remember one of the most notorious and controversial political scandals in history: the Lewinski scandal. A case that put in check what was then the most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States Bill Clinton, and who is now the cornerstone of the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology series. After the successes of The People v O.J. Simpson (2016) and The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018), the third season of the acclaimed successor to American Horror Story bears by title ImpeachmentThe Lewinsky Affair in Spain- and tells one of the stories with the greatest media impact that is remembered.

After its debut in the United States by the US chain FX, also responsible for the broadcast of the previous ones, last September and amid great anticipation, the long-awaited story now debuts in Spain, two months later. It does not do it from the hand of any ‘streaming’ platform or any payment channel, but It can be seen exclusively in the open by laSexta, which will premiere it this Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 p.m.

After his debut in ‘prime time’, the episodes of The Lewinsky case will be available on ATRESplayer PREMIUM. In fact, the first two episodes can already be seen on the Atresmedia payment platform.

These are the keys of The Lewinsky case, the series about the political sexual scandal that put the most powerful man in the world in check.


Being the Lewinsky Case, to a greater or lesser extent, a case known to all, it goes without saying that the third season of Murphy’s anthology American Crime Story is inspired by real events. Fiction takes as a starting point the work of Jeffrey Tobin A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, a non-fiction story that thoroughly explores the notorious case.

It was the year 1998 when the extramarital sexual relationship between the then president of the United States, Bill Clinton, 49 years old, with a White House intern, became known. Her name was Monica Lewinsky, she was 22 years old and her story became known after Clinton had been the subject of accusations of sexual harassment by Paula Jones, a former employee of the State of Arkansas where Clinton, before President, had been Governor.

A famous blue dress stained with semen, recordings of telephone conversations by one of Lewinsky’s supposed friends inside the White House and an impeachment of the President in front of the United States House of Representatives They starred in a whole media case that the series that arrives today on laSexta explores in depth with some creative licenses.


Four people are key in The Lewinsky Affair: whether we refer to the event itself, or specifically to the Ryan Murphy series. One of them, of course, is Bill Clinton himself, then President of the United States and embodied in the series by Clive Owen, but the main voices are definitely three women from his environment: Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and Paula Jones, embodied by Beanie Feldstein, Sarah Paulson, and Annaleigh Ashford, respectively.

The points of view of these three women serve as the common thread in the story, but who were each of them?

First, Monica Lewinsky, whom we have already mentioned above, was a young graduate student in psychology who, at just 20 years old, began working as an unpaid intern at the White House. There he starred in a series of sexual encounters with the President of the United States himself, an event that, when it came to light as part of an even bigger scandal involving Clinton, ended up putting his position in check in front of the House of Representatives.

The second key piece is Linda Tripp, performed through incredible characterization and impeccable workmanship by Murphy’s muse Sarah Paulson. An employee of the White House and Lewinsky’s partner in her times as a fellow, the woman played a fundamental role in the scandal, since she was the young woman’s main confidante and advisor and who would end up bringing to light the recordings of the conversations that had occurred. maintained with her friend and in which Lewinsky, in a private capacity, told her the details of his relationship with the President.

Finally, Paula Jones was an Arkansas state official who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment during his time as Governor. His complaint was the one that ended up leading to the leak of the President’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky and the scandal surrounding it.

In addition, of those mentioned, they complete the cast of the series Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton; Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg; Judith Light as Susan Carpenter-McMillan; Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge; Mira Sorvino as Marcia Lewis; Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter; Colin Hanks as Mike Emmick and Kathleen Turner as Susan Webber Wrigh.


Another key to The Lewinsky case is that the third season of American Crime Story has the endorsement of Monica Lewinsky herself, who is also part of the production team junto a Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sarah Burgess, Sarah Paulson, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski y Michael Uppendahl.

The now activist and writer has thus played two important but different roles in the FX anthology series. First of all, the fact that it is her own story that functions as the central theme of the series, in which she is played by Feldstein as a young and excited intern who falls in love with the president and shares her relationship with a colleague from her work. But also as a producer of the series. And, as he explained, maintaining the balance between those two roles has not always been an easy task.

“I don’t make decisions to work on things that are connected to my past lightly,” Lewinsky told Variety. “I am very aware that it impacts people and that it brings back a moment that was difficult for everyone. So I thought about it a lot and, for the times we live in, it seemed like it would end up happening at some point.”

[Mantener el balance entre ambas funciones] It was very difficult. It was fascinating and difficult trying to balance what was best for the series against what I felt on a personal level.

“I struggled a lot with that. I got a lot of good advice from some friends who are in the industry that helped me take a step back and see what was important to understand about Monica, the person in front of Monica the character,” she explains.

The Lewinsky Affair It premieres openly on laSexta today, Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 p.m.

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