Bill Clinton picked up Kama Sutra in gift shop, says Emily Maitlis

Patrick Greenfield

The Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has said she once caught Bill Clinton perusing the Kama Sutra in a hotel gift shop.

The BBC presenter said she spotted the former US president with the risque reading material following a day of interviews.

Maitlis said she first thought Clinton was reading a “cultured” history book after she saw him in the shop, but later realised it was a copy of the ancient erotic text.

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Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, to be broadcast on Saturday evening, Maitlis described seeing Clinton in the books section: “He goes straight to the books and I’m like, ‘Of course, the cultured man, he’s gone to read about the empire’.

“I was looking and he picked up this book and I thought, ‘That doesn’t look like a history book’ and I looked a bit closer. I was like, ‘It doesn’t look like it’s got any text, it does look familiar’ - and I realised he’d picked up a copy of the Kama Sutra.

“He was looking at it in the gift shop. I was like, ‘OK, I think it might be time for a very swift exit’.”

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Maitlis also spoke to fellow guests Kiefer Sutherland, Olly Murs and Winnie Harlow about meeting Donald Trump.

Before he become commander-in-chief, Trump spoke to Maitlis about his hand-shaking habits and “germaphobia”.

She said: “He came towards me and gave me this macho manly handshake. I was quite surprised because we’d always heard about the germaphobia and how he doesn’t like shaking hands.

“I said, ‘Oh, I thought you had germaphobia?’ and he said, ‘No, not with you. I shake hands with you. It’s them that I don’t shake hands with.’

“And I said, ‘Oh, the people in your lobby?’ and he’s like, ‘Yes.”

Maitlis is the lead presenter of an all-female lineup on the Newsnight current affairs show.