‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’: How Monica Lewinsky Reacted to Linda Tripp’s Death

Lewinsky met Linda Tripp when they worked together in the Pentagon’s public affairs office. Lewinsky confided in Tripp that she was having an affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Tripp began secretly recording her conversations with the intern and became the whistleblower in the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal. Now, the FX series Impeachment: American Crime Story is once again shining a light on that scandal and the relationship between the two women. The show has brought a number of questions about each of them including how and when Linda Tripp died and what Lewinsky’s reaction was. Here’s more on that, plus what Tripp’s daughter has said about Sarah Paulson playing her mother.

It’s been more than two decades since Monica Lewinsky‘s name first made the news. The former White House intern found her name blasted in headlines all over the country after she was betrayed by someone she trusted.

In 2018, Tripp did an interview with Slate’s Slow Burn podcast in which she spoke about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and reflected on her role in everything. “One assumes it was in some way an actual relationship of sorts–romantic, physical, whatever, it was a relationship–which couldn’t be farther from the truth,” she said. “What it was was a series of encounters to address a physical need, a use of a young girl, and then the sort of cold, hard dismissal of her on any human level.” Tripp went on to say that her one regret is that she didn’t give the tapes to Starr sooner.