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Gina Gershon calls Clinton tale, “outrageous lie.”
Gina Gershon, speaking publicly for the first time about a Vanity Fair magazine article that implied she had an affair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has called the tale a wild fabrication.
“It was my day off and all of a sudden I read this thing. You know, it is such a crazy, outrageous lie,” Gerson said Monday on U.S. TV chat show “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
“I’ve met him three times, at events, at the White House or different places,” said Gershon, who has appeared in movies such as “Bound” and on TV hits such as “Ugly Betty.”
Last week, Vanity Fair published an article that said Clinton’s “aides have winced” at, among other things, ”recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California.” The statement was largely viewed as implying Clinton and Gershon may have had an affair while his wife, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, was campaigning for president.
Vanity Fair has stood by the story written by Todd Purdum, and issued a statement saying the story does not indicate Clinton and Gershon had an improper relationship but only “examines the concerns of some of Clinton’s aides about reports of his behavior.”
Gershon’s attorneys demanded Vanity Fair retract the story, but Monday’s TV interview was the first time the actress spoke about the story herself.
“This disturbed me on so many other levels that I kind of felt like I had to stand up for myself and speak the truth,” Gershon said, adding that in today’s world of tabloid and gossip journalism, people often confuse rumors and facts.
Gerson also talked about people putting their focus on real issues in this U.S. presidential election year, and making an effort to learn about the candidates by watching them on TV and listening to their debates and speeches.