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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Monica Lewinsky says her White House liaison is a liability on the dating scene.

The intern infamous for her affair with President Bill Clinton said in the December issue of GQ magazine that she dates occasionally but her romantic relationships have been short-lived.

Lewinsky, 30, said in the interview she sympathized with the men she meets, saying she, too, would be intimidated by the tales of her past.

"If I were a guy and I'd heard all those things about a girl, I don't know that I'd want to take her out," Lewinsky told the men's magazine.

But Lewinsky also admitted she is impatient when men are not as responsive to her as she would like them to be.

"The one thing I don't do well with, with a guy, is ambivalence," she said. "I want to shake them and say, 'C'mon, just like me! Do what I say!"'

In the nearly six years since news of Lewinsky's dalliance with Clinton broke, leading to his 1998 impeachment and later acquittal by the U.S. Senate, Lewinsky has designed handbags and, most recently, hosted a reality TV show.

But the woman that nearly cost Clinton the Oval Office said she wanted to dispel rumors that the scandal had made her wealthy.

"One of the huge misconceptions about me in the past few years is that I have made a fortune from this," Lewinsky said. "People who have this idea that I have millions of dollars or even a million, or close to a million, are off their rocker."

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