Paper: College Has Lewinsky Letter
Jan. 27, 1998
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Lewis & Clark College officials encouraged an employee to give Whitewater investigators a document that was allegedly forged by Monica Lewinsky, a spokeswoman said Monday.
The allegedly phony letter on school stationery was written to help someone Lewinsky knew continue receiving unemployment benefits, The Sunday Oregonian reported, quoting an unidentified source.
The newspaper also reported that Lewinsky, who attended the school from 1993 to 1995, bragged of having an affair with a married man.
College spokeswoman Jean Kempe-Ware said the school encouraged an employee who kept a copy of the letter to turn it over to Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who is investigating allegations that Lewinsky had a sexual relationship with President Clinton and lied about it.
``I think it is fair to say that the employee believes that it may be an issue of forgery,'' Kempe-Ware said, although she refused to discuss the specific contents of the letter or identify the employee who kept a copy of it.
She said the employee brought it to the attention of school officials Thursday night after allegations arose about Lewinsky and Clinton.
The college has not done its own investigation of the letter.
``The issue is in the hands of the independent counsel to determine if there is relevance or authenticity to this document,'' she added.
Lewinsky, 24, graduated from Lewis & Clark with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
The Sunday Oregonian quoted three unidentified acquaintances of Lewinsky as saying she spoke openly about a relationship she had in Portland with a married man eight years her senior.
One of the acquaintances said Lewinsky had no problem with the fact she was seeing a married man or discussing it publicly, sometimes in front of people she barely knew, the newspaper said.
``I never quizzed her about it personally, but I often heard her talk about it,'' said the student, who now is attending graduate school. ``She was proud and not repentant at all.''
Another acquaintance who knew Lewinsky for about a year saw her with the man.
``She was somewhat taken by this guy,'' the acquaintance told the newspaper.