ABC Says Jackie Tapes Not So Sordid, but Won't Spill

You'll have to wait for the network special
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 4:22 AM CDT
ABC Says Jackie Tapes Not So Sordid, But Won't Spill
A photo of Jackie Kennedy graces the cover of a book about the former first lady.   (AP Photo/Doubleday)

(Newser) – ABC officials are saying that their Jackie O tapes are not nearly as "sordid" as claimed in press reports—but aren't saying what's on them. The Daily Mail has reported that Jackie Kennedy told historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in a lengthy interview that she believed Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of her husband, that she knew about JFK's affairs, and that she had flings of her own. The "tabloid reports about the content are totally erroneous," said an ABC statement, which added that no details of the tapes will be released until they're featured in a network program next month.

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The eight hours of tapes can't be completely tame—Jackie O asked in her will that the tapes not be released until 50 years after her death. Daughter Caroline has decided to release the tapes just 17 years after her mother died of cancer, and they'll be the subject of a new book with a forward written by Caroline, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's not clear if the book, or ABC, will reveal the entire contents of the tapes. (Read more Jackie Kennedy Onassis stories.)

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