[VIDEO] Monica Lewinsky: “Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop!”

[VIDEO] On the heels of the #Pulane controversy, self-styled social activist Monica Lewinsky takes a hard look at the culture of public shaming of women

In 1998 at the age of 22, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was thrust into the spotlight after it emerged she had a sexual encounter with then US President Bill Clinton.

Their fleeting encounter almost cost Clinton his presidency, and forever scarred her personal and professional life. Even though the controversy finally died down, Lewinsky shied away from public life.

Now almost 18 years after the hook-up, a wiser — and indeed braver — Lewinsky (41) has returned to the spotlight to share lessons from that time in an 18-minute TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada late last week.

She also used the platform to take a stand against cyber-bullying and Internet shaming.