The supposed affair between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe was a scandal
Ten days before the 2016 US presidential election an adult film actress known professionally as Stormy Daniels was paid £95,000 by Donald Trump’s lawyer to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with the Republican candidate.
But that no longer appears to be a deterrent for porn star Stephanie Clifford, 39.
Her bombshell interview at the weekend underlines her determination to create choppy waters for the 45th President of the United States despite the threat of a £700,000 fine every time she speaks out.
To celebrate her chutzpah we look at the greatest political sex scandals of all time.
David Lloyd George was an early womanising politician
THE LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER
When 25-year-old Margaret Owen married 23-year-old David Lloyd George in 1888 she hoped he would be faithful but even his son once described his father as like “a Bengal tiger with a gazelle” when it came to women.
A few months after their marriage he had fathered a child with one Mrs J, who was paid to stay quiet. Soon it was rumoured that an affair with his wife’s cousin Kitty Edwards had led to another birth. Before long he had embarked on two further affairs, one with a friend’s wife.
But the greatest threat to Margaret came when he fell in love with Frances Stevenson, a school friend of his daughter Mair, who had died aged 17. For 30 years Stevenson was his soul mate before becoming his second wife after Margaret’s death.
Christine Keeler almost brought down a Prime Minister
THE PROFUMO AFFAIR
The Cold War espionage scandal rocked 1960s Britain after Christine Keeler was introduced to the secretary of state for war John Profumo in the swimming pool at Cliveden, the country house of Lord Astor, in 1961.
The introductions were made by society osteopath Stephen Ward who had met the 19-yearold showgirl in the topless Soho cabaret club where she worked.
Profumo, who was married to actress Valerie Hobson, embarked on a brief affair with Keeler but in March 1963, after their liaison had ended, Profumo denied any impropriety in a public statement to the House of Commons.
It then emerged that Ward had also introduced Keeler to Soviet naval attaché Captain Yevgeny Ivanov with whom she had simultaneously been having a relationship.
As the furore over the love triangle and possible security risk grew, Profumo confirmed that he had lied and resigned from Parliament.
Ward was arrested on immorality charges, fingered as a possible Soviet agent and committed suicide before his trial verdict was announced.
In October 1963, his reputation tarnished by the affair, Conservative PM Harold Macmillan resigned. The following year Labour’s Harold Wilson led his party to victory.
‘JFK liked girls’ including Marilyn Monroe who sang to him ‘Happy Birthday’
“Jack liked girls,” John F Kennedy’s friend, Florida senator George Smathers, once told the former American president’s biographer. “He was a great chaser.”
This was an understatement. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963 at the age of 46, was a compulsive womaniser with what has been described as an “insatiable urge for sexual conquests”.
His dalliances with scores of women included screen icon Marilyn Monroe, whose three-month affair with him began in February 1962 at a New York dinner party and ended after she drew attention to it with her breathy rendition of Happy Birthday to the president at a fundraising event in Madison Square Garden in May.
Before marrying Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 Kennedy enjoyed dalliances with strippers, flight attendants, secretaries and a woman suspected by the FBI of being a German spy.
Marriage didn’t change his sexual agenda and he went on to have affairs with women including White House intern Mimi Alford and Los Angeles socialite Judith Campbell Exner.
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Sex scandals usually wreck presidential campaigns but in 1992 Bill Clinton survived revelations about an alleged 12-year-long affair with singer and model Gennifer Flowers.
Many women claim to have had affairs with the 42nd US president and he has admitted to sexual encounters with Flowers – about which he testified under oath in 1998 to confirm the rumours – as well as White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
It was the repercussions of what he described as an “inappropriate relationship” with the 22-year-old between 1995-1997 that led to Clinton’s impeachment in December 1998 by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate and so narrowly avoided being removed from office.
Clinton has also been publicly accused of three counts of sexual misconduct, all of which he adamantly denies. Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones re-emerged into the public sphere as critics of his wife Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.
Monica Lewinsky was involved in an inappropriate relationship with Bill Clinton
THE MINISTER OF FUN
David Mellor was the 43-year-old married secretary of state for national heritage when in 1992 he fell for 31-year-old actress Antonia de Sancha whom he had met through a mutual friend.
Their affair was conducted in a flat lent to the actress by a friend but it later emerged some details of the kiss-and-tell story she sold for £35,000 weren’t true – including the now infamous stories that Mellor made love in a Chelsea FC shirt and enjoyed spanking and toe-sucking.
Mellor quit the Cabinet when it was revealed he had accepted a free holiday from socialite Mona Bauwens, the daughter of a Palestinian Liberation Organisation official.
Two years later Mellor admitted a second affair and in 1995 was divorced from Judith, his wife of 21 years.