FX has now released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming real-life drama, Impeachment: American Crime Story, detailing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that led to the, spoilers, impeachment of former US President Bill Clinton. Accusation: American Crime Story is the third season in the anthology series, which has received critical acclaim so far.
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Almost Brought Down a President” by Jeffrey Toobin, Ryan Murphy’s limited series will examine the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a US president in more over a century through the eyes of the women at the center of events. The trailer is a simple yet intriguing teaser, in which she follows Monica Lewinsky as she walks through the White House to the Oval office, and to a looming scandal that would change her life.
smart book star Beanie Feldstein leads the series as Monica Lewinsky, alongside Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones and an unrecognizable Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp. All three women suddenly came into the public eye amid the scandal, which eventually led to both perjury charges and the 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives after Clinton ended a televised speech saying that he “had no sexual relations with that woman, Mrs. Lewinsky.”
Clive Owen plays President Clinton in the series, while Anthony Green plays Al Gore. The rest of the supporting cast includes Billy Eichner as journalist Matt Drudge, Betty Gilpin as conservative media pundit Ann Coulter, Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton and Colin Hanks.
Lewinsky himself was involved in making Accusation: American Crime Story, and has since revealed that, while hesitant, she believed in what Ryan Murphy intended to do with the story. “I was hesitant and frankly more than a little scared to sign up,” Lewinsky revealed. “But after a long dinner meeting with Ryan, I began to understand even more clearly how committed he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all his brilliant work. I am privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team. , and I am privileged to have this opportunity.”
The scandal is now so well known, and has made its way into pop culture over the years, that Lewinsky felt now was the right time to tell her side to a wider audience, with the shifting social conscience becoming more apparent. “People have been co-opting my part in this story for decades. In fact, it’s only in recent years that I’ve been able to fully regain my story, almost 20 years later,” she explained. “But I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that can finally reintroduce people like me who have been silenced in the past. This isn’t just an issue for me. Powerful people, often men, always take advantage of those who are subordinate to them in countless ways.Many people will see this as one such story and for that reason, unfortunately, this story is one that will last forever.”
Accusation: American Crime Story premieres on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10 p.m. on FX.
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