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Tuesday, September 22, 1998 Published at 00:55 GMT


Touching moments



In Kenneth Starr's 2,800 pages of supplementary evidence, Monica Lewinsky tells the Grand Jury how she touched the president's crotch during his 50th birthday party.

Lewinsky: He had this big 50th birthday party at Radio City Music Hall and there was a cocktail reception and at the - when he came to do the rope line and he - after he greeted me and talked to me, he was talking to a whole bunch of people in and around my area. I had my back to him and I just kind of put - put my hand behind me and touched him.

Question:Touched him in the crotch area?

Lewinsky: Yes.

Question Did anybody see you?

Lewinksy: No ... And it wasn't - it wasn't a - it was maybe sort of a grazing over of that area, but it wasn't, it wasn't how you might imagine it if someone described this, from a scene from a movie. It wasn't like that, but it was - you know. I don't even know if he remembers ... I don't think it was to necessarily gratify him or arouse him ... It was just - playful ...

Question Were there times when the president would touch you either on the breasts or in the genital area directly to the skin or was it always through clothing?

Lewinksy: Directly to the skin. Both.

Question I have some questions about the 50th birthday. That's when you gave the president the yellow tie ... My question to you is have you authorized your attorneys or any other spokesperson through you to discuss that evidence?

Lewinsky: There have been a lot of instances since the beginning of this thing that there's been information that's come out from places where I hadn't expected it and that includes my own - the people on my team. ... I'm sure it was somewhat limited because with my agreement, we're not allowed to talk to the press.

Click here for the full 2,800 pages of Kenneth Starr's supplementary evidence.



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