Hillary Clinton says she has "moved on" from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, in her first public comments on the world's most notorious political affair since it hit headlines again in recent months.
In a cover interview with People magazine this week, the 66-year-old former Secretary of State said, "I think everybody needs to look to the future."
Asked about reports that she had branded Lewinsky, 40, a "narcissistic loony toon", Clinton replied: "I’m not going to comment on what did and didn’t happen."
It's the first time Clinton has made any reference to the scandal since Lewinsky broke a decade of silence by writing about it in an essay for Vanity Fair last month.
"Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship," Lewinsky wrote of the ground-breaking affair that almost destroyed Bill Clinton's presidency.
"Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power."
Referring herself to Clinton's alleged "narcissistic loony toon" comment, she wrote:
"If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky. Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to [Tony] Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair [by being emotionally neglectful] and seemed to forgive him."
Netflix show House of Cards
The whole Lewinsky issue is so ridden with drama and hearsay it reads like a particularly cutting episode of House of Cards - which strangely enough, Clinton admitted she was a fan of, in her People interview.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate said she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, "totally binge-watched" the massively popular Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Clinton also said she had kept herself busy with cleaning out closets and doing yoga and aquatics since leaving the Obama administration last year.
And she said she was prepared to embrace her role as a grandmother (her daughter, Chelsea, announced in April that she was pregnant): "With the extra joy of 'I’m about to become a grandmother,' I want to live in the moment."
The Democrat politician refused to be drawn on whether she would run for president in 2016, saying she needed to consider "what I think is right for me".
"I'm certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics," she said. "To have a woman president is something I would love to see happen, but I'll just have to make my own decision."