The Guardian reports that organizers realized the hiccup and quickly barred Lewinsky from sharing the VIP seats at the Palais des Festivals.
The snub comes just days after Lewinsky delivered an impassioned speech about cyberbullying and the intense harassment and shaming she endured following her affair with then-President Bill Clinton back when she was a White House intern.
Gore is said to have been furious with Clinton over the famed Lewinsky scandal, which negatively affected his own presidential bid in 2000.
The former VP attended the festival to receive a LionHeart, an award that honors someone who “through innovative use of commercial brand power has made a significant and positive difference to people or the planet.”
Apparently Lewinsky sat in the main audience. It’s unclear whether organizers or Gore’s team spearheaded the new seating assignment.
Lewinsky kept her response classy in a statement issued by her publicist:
“I have tremendous respect for the critical work on climate change former Vice-President Gore is doing and for which he was honored at Cannes Lions. I did not know he was to be seated in the mayor’s box. It was 100% appropriate for me to sit elsewhere.”
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Lewinsky was not kicked out of the VIP area but that she instead declined to enter once she was informed Gore was already seated inside.