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Sex, lies & videotape: The Lewinsky scandal

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  • It's the scandal that threatened to ruin Clinton's presidency
  • It made headlines and punchlines 15 years ago

On January 12, 1998, Pentagon employee Linda Tripp gave independent counsel Kenneth Starr's office conversations between herself and White House intern Monica Lewinsky that she taped. It was the beginning of one of the nation's biggest and most lurid stories of the year -- a sex scandal of presidential proportions.

Initially, then-President Bill Clinton denied "having sexual relations with that woman," but as the scrutiny continued, it became clear the two had an intimate relationship. Check out this timeline from Clinton's denial to his eventual admission of wrongdoing.

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