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.
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.
(L) Monica Lewinsky smiling at a book signing tour | Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images, (R) Linda Tripp leaves her Maryland home in 1998 to appear at a federal courthouse | Karin CooperHow and when did Linda Tripp die?
Tripp began working at the White House under President George H.W. Bush. She was retained as part of Clinton’s staff before she moved to the Pentagon and that’s when she formed a friendship with Lewinsky, who was 24 years younger. After learning about Lewinsky’s relationship with Clinton, Tripp began recording everything they talked about as she was eyeing a book deal. However, recording someone without their knowledge or consent in Maryland is illegal and when word of the audio tapes’ existence got out, Tripp turned them over to special counsel Ken Starr. In return, she received immunity from the prosecution.
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.
Linda Tripp speaking to the press outside the Federal Courthouse on July 29, 1998 | Dave Tracy
On April 8, 2020, Tripp died following a bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 70.
What was Lewinsky’s reaction when she heard Tripp was on her deathbed?
Hours before Tripp’s death, there were several reports about her being near the end and on her deathbed. Upon hearing that news, Lewinsky reacted via Twitter writing: “No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery,” she tweeted. “I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family.”
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