A shocking story about civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. claims that the FBI has a recording of him laughing as a friend rapes a woman right in front of him.
The story adds that King, famous as a Baptist minister, also had up to 45 extramarital affairs on his long-suffering wife, according to an author.
The story comes from King biographer David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 book, “Bearing the Cross,” which was about the civil rights icon. Garrow is set to reveal the FBI’s trove of proof in an upcoming article, the Daily Mail reports.
The civil rights hero was also heard allegedly joking he was the founder of the ‘International Association for the Advancement of P***y-Eaters’ on an agency recording that was obtained by bugging his room, according to the sensational claims made by biographer David Garrow – a Pulitzer prize-winning author and biographer of MLK.
“Writing in British magazine Standpoint, Garrow says that the shocking files could lead to a ‘painful historical reckoning’ for the man who is celebrated across the world for his campaign against racial injustice.,” the Mail adds.
These are not exactly new revelations about the man who help usher in equal rights for African Americans.
Rumors of King’s infidelities have a very long pedigree and have been whispered for decades. They were also spoken of during his lifetime, so it isn’t just attempts to discredit him in death.
Garrow says the tapes were made during FBI surveillance operations aimed at keeping tabs on King, who was thought a subversive by many Americans when he was alive.
The tapes detailing his indiscretions are now held in a vault at the U.S. National Archives and will be released to the public eight years from now in 2027.
According to Garrow:
The recording from the Willard Hotel near the White House shows how King was accompanied his friend Logan Kearse, the pastor of Baltimore’s Cornerstone Baptist church who died in 1991, along with several female parishioners of his church.
In King’s hotel room, the files claim they then ‘discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural and unnatural sex acts’.
The FBI document says: ‘When one of the women protested that she did not approve, the Baptist minister immediately and forcefully raped her’ as King watched.
He is alleged to have ‘looked on, laugh and offered advice’ during the encounter.
Garrow details other indiscretions, too.
Still, without the proof to back it up — proof that can’t even be reviewed publicly for eight more years — many will claim Garrow is a liar trying to sell books.
In any case, it appears that we won’t know for sure until 2027.
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