Lennon Not a Nice Guy, New Bio Says

Tell-all portrays him as callous, abusive; Ono calls it 'too mean'
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2008 7:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Not everything John Lennon could Imagine was so nice, the New York Post reports. The ex-Beatle callously cheated on his first wife, groped a girl in front of Yoko Ono, and upset Ono by treating her like a lay du jour when they first met, a new biography says. But Ono, who contributed to Philip Norman's John Lennon: The Life, calls the book “too mean.”

Norman also depicts Lennon as verbally abusing his kids and regretting he didn't sleep with his mother. He was also a Jealous Guy: He insisted Ono join him to the bathroom during studio sessions so she wouldn't bed another Beatle. “People said I followed him to the men’s room, but he made me go with him,” Ono told Norman.