- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2016

Monica Lewinsky avoided questions Friday morning from a TMZ reporter who asked her to weigh in on the allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Ms. Lewinsky, who rose to tabloid fame nearly 20 years ago as the White House intern who had an affair with then-President Bill Clinton, was visibly annoyed when ambushed by the TMZ reporter at Los Angeles International Airport.

“How do you feel about the charges against Donald Trump — the sexual charges?” the interviewer asked. “Do you feel like he’s fit to be president? Is there anything you can say, Monica? You know your voice counts.”

“It’s 5:30 in the morning,” Ms. Lewinsky shot back. “You should be asleep. You should not be at the airport bothering people with your camera.”

“Your voice is important, you do know that, right?” the interviewer persisted. “We’re down to the wire.”

“There’s a lot of talk about Bill Clinton’s history, is that fair game at this point? Is there anything you can say Monica?” he asks before Ms. Lewinsky enters the airport security line and the camera cuts out.

Ms. Lewinsky, an anti-bullying activist, tweeted about the encounter later that morning.

“[N]othing like a pap at LAX somehow spotting u in seconds… when ur w/o a stitch of make up @ 5.30 AM. gee, thx @Delta!” she wrote.

Mr. Trump has been under fire after a 2005 recording leaked last week revealed him talking on a hot mic about using his fame to get away with groping women. Since then, about a dozen women have accused the Republican nominee of sexual assault or being sexually inappropriate with them, including People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff.

Mr. Trump has denied the allegations, and his running mate, Mike Pence, said Friday that the campaign is working on producing evidence the claims are false.

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