Ginsburg Defends Monica's 'Vanity Fair' Photo Shoot
Ex-lawyer strikes out at Lewinsky family, too
By Wolf Blitzer/CNN
WASHINGTON (June 8) -- Monica Lewinsky's former attorney, Bill Ginsburg, says her parents, Dr. Bernard Lewinsky and Marcia Lewis, and his co-counsel in the case, Nathaniel Speights, all supported Monica Lewinsky's controversial decision to pose for Vanity Fair magazine.
Ginsburg says the former White House intern was eager to do so. At the time of the photo shoot several weeks ago, Ginsburg defended the decision by insisting it would make her feel good about herself.
In a telephone interview Monday with CNN, Ginsburg said he acted as
"a surrogate parent" to Lewinsky during the months he was involved in the case but refused to take all the blame for agreeing to the photo shoot.
Six pages of photographs appear in the July issue of Vanity Fair, which hits newsstands this week. One provocative picture of her behind a fan of pink feathers is included in this week's TIME magazine.
"Contrary to reports that I set up the Vanity Fair photo shoot," Ginsburg says, "I note that Nathaniel Speights, Dr. Bernard Lewinsky and his wife, Barbara, were all present at the photo shoot and that they, with Marcia Lewis, agreed in advance that it would be a good thing for Monica."
Ginsburg also took a swipe at the family, underlining the acrimony
that has developed since his removal from the case last week.
"I think it is time that the family focused on their problems and
how to solve them, rather than on me, who, after all, has kept their daughter out of harm's way, and who acted as a surrogate parent for several months while Mrs. Lewis was arranging her marriage and Dr. Lewinsky was practicing medicine," Ginsburg said.
A Washington grand jury is looking into reports that President Bill Clinton lied under oath about whether he had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and encouraged her to do the same. Clinton has denied the accusations.