Monica Lewinsky has been pictured for the first time since it was revealed Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of former president Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels hanging in his New York townhouse.
Lewinsky, 46, was pictured meeting friends for dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday night, two days after DailyMailTV broke news of the artwork – which appeared to be a pointed reference to her affair with the former president.
The painting, by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, shows Clinton in a blue dress – one similar to the one that Lewinsky wore during an infamous tryst with then Commander-in-chief inside the Oval Office.
Attempting to go under the radar, Lewinsky was dressed down for her dinner date, wearing a navy jumpsuit and Birkenstock sandals.
The activist and motivational speaker – who revealed that she contemplated suicide following fallout from her affair with Clinton – kept her hair back in a loose ponytail, and carried a canvas bag while she tapped away on her iPhone.
Monica Lewinsky has been pictured for the first time since it was revealed Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of her former lover Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red dress which hung in his New York townhouse
Lewinsky was pictured meeting friends for dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday night, two days after DailyMailTV broke news of the painting – which appeared to be a pointed reference to her affair with the former president
The artwork, by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, shows Clinton in a blue dress – one similar to the one that Lewinsky wore during an infamous tryst with then Commander-in-chief inside the Oval Office
On Tuesday, DailyMailTV revealed that disgraced financier Epstein – who died in prison last Saturday – had the bizarre portrait of Clinton hanging inside his Manhattan mansion.
The painting depicted the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress.
The color of the garment seemed to be a pointed reference to the one-time White House intern, who wore a navy Gap dress during one of her encounters with Clinton. The frock had been stained with semen, which was revealed to have come from the Commander-in-chief.
Meanwhile, the blue dress in the painting is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky in the mid-1990s, while she was working as a White House intern. The pair are pictured together in 1997
Inspiration? The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
The original painting is called ‘Parsing Bill’, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted.
Ryan-Kleid exhibited for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.
The painting was secretly snapped inside Epstein’s lavish $56 million home in October 2012, four years after he completed his sweetheart deal for prostitution of a minor and seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls.
The source, who asked DailyMailTV to remain anonymous, was visiting Epstein to present a business proposal – and said she was shocked to catch sight of the portrait as she walked through the ornate home with her business partner.
She told DailyMailTV: ‘It was absolutely Bill Clinton. It was shocking – it was definitely a painting of him. It was a very provocative, sexual picture. He was wearing heels, a blue dress and his hand was in a weird position.
Jeffrey Epstein had a bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton hanging in his Manhattan mansion, depicting the former president lounging on a chair in the Oval Office wearing red heels and an open-necked blue dress, a source exclusively told DailyMailTV
Epstein and Clinton were once friends, with the former president flying on the now deceased financier’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times.
He had also admitted to visiting Epstein’s townhouse on one occasion – making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting.
Clinton has however denied being on Epstein’s ‘pedophile island,’ Little St. James – a denial which Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on this week.
The presence of the picture is a new twist in the relationship between Clinton, his family and Epstein.
Epstein was found dead by suicide on Saturday after he was arrested in July
Last month, the former president’s office said he had not known anything of Epstein’s crimes and had taken four trips with him in 2002 and 2003 – although flight logs showed that he had taken a total of at least 26 individual flights in the course of those.
One of Epstein’s former sex slaves, Virginia Roberts, claimed she saw Clinton on the island for a dinner held in his honor shortly after he left office, and stood by the claim when questioned under oath.
After Epstein’s suicide on Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a suggestion that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death and a link to court documents setting out Roberts’ evidence.
Additionally, Epstein’s alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was a guest at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Meezvinsky, at least a year after the time when Bill Clinton says his friendship with Epstein ended.
The origin of the painting is unknown. DailyMail.com has seen metadata which verifies where and when the picture was taken. It was hanging against a dark-colored wall in Epstein’s stone fortress.
The source who spotted the painting said she saw it while ‘being led from the office to his personal quarters’.
‘It was through a door that had been left temporarily open by his housekeeper or butler,’ she said.
‘I thought, ”Why in the world would Epstein have that up?” I didn’t even know that they knew each other.’
Although she was stunned by the painting, her business partner managed to take a snap of the painting.
She said: ‘He took a picture. I was mortified because there were cameras everywhere.’
Ongoing relationship? Epstein’s alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was one of the guests at Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, at least a year after the former president says he last spoke to the disgraced financier
In situ: Another source shared this image of the picture in Epstein’s home with DailyMail.com showing that it was known by those who came in to the townhouse