Monica's Bad Tripp

Monica Lewinsky testified in public Thursday for the first time since her affair with President Bill Clinton erupted in the media, saying she never gave ex-friend Linda Tripp permission to tape their phone conversations. At a hearing to determine whether Tripp can be prosecuted for alleged violations of a Maryland wiretap law, the former White House intern said she was frightened when a transcript of a conversation taped on Dec. 22, 1997, appeared the following February in Newsweek magazine. “It terrified me because I was concerned about the privacy of my relationship being revealed,” Lewinsky, 26, said, without ever mentioning the President’s name, during an hour of testimony.

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