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'Martin Luther King is a phony’

TAPES: Jackie Kennedy speaks her mind on controversial tapes published by her daughter to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's presidency

REVERED CIVIL rights leader, Martin Luther King is referred to as ‘a phony’ by former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, in secret tapes that have been released for the first time since they were recorded 47 years ago.

In the controversial tapes, said to be recorded in early 1964 with historian and Kennedy aide Arthur Schlesinger, Ms Kennedy also claims that King was taped by the FBI trying to arrange an orgy before his famous I Have a Dream speech.

“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” she is heard saying.

She also labels India’s future prime minister, Indira Ghandi, as a ‘bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman’ and suggested that ‘violently liberal women in politics’ did not like her husband, John F Kennedy, because they were ‘scared of sex.’

The young widow, who was affectionately known as Jackie O, following her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, had previously asked that the tapes not be made public, but daughter Caroline, with JFK, decided to publish the recordings to mark the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency.

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