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article imageTMZ photo a hoax, does not show JFK

By Ken Wightman     Dec 28, 2009 in Politics
The Smoking Gun, Playboy, Fox News, USA Today and others are reporting that TMZ's exclusive - a picture purporting to show JFK relaxing on a yacht with four naked ladies - is not a picture of the late president. TMZ was punk'd.
The black and white, badly cracked and wrinkled print purportedly showing John F. Kennedy relaxing on a yacht with four women sans swimsuits is a hoax. It is not JFK.
The man said to be JFK in the aging photo is such a gentleman. He remains in his deck chair quietly taking in the sun, oblivious to the charms of the beautiful, naked ladies sharing his yacht. Two women are sun bathing on a deck above while two others are enjoying the water; all four are wearing little more than their birthday suits.
TMZ said it obtained the photo after it was locked away for years and the picture was only discovered after the death of the collector. A good story but not true. It is not John F. Kennedy.
Playboy magazine ran the photo as part of a 1960s feature on yachting vacations entitled "Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship's Belles." From the title it is clear that Playboy was apparently big on words at the time if not on clothes.
A forensic expert examined the photo for TMZ and believed it appeared authentic, possibly taken in the Mediterranean. Nope. Playboy says the photo was taken in the Grenadines.
Although a facial image of Kennedy and the somewhat blurred face of the man in the picture were said to "almost precisely sync up," the important word was almost. Two Kennedy biographers consulted by TMZ also believed the man in the print was JFK. So much for the CSI-like experts.
Further proof that the image was not as claimed was provided by the Smoking Gun which ran a colour version of the photo featured by TMZ and now declared a fake by all, including the celebrity gossip site.
As for the man relaxing in the photo? A paid model. And a real gentleman.
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