Book Alleges Richard Nixon Had Gay Affair

Veteran reporter alleges long relationship with Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2011 2:00 PM CST
New Book Alleges Richard Nixon Had Longtime Gay Affair With Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo
In this Aug. 9, 1974, photo, Richard Nixon boards a helicopter after resigning.   (AP Photo/File)

Your salacious political rumor of the day: A soon-to-be-released biography of Richard Nixon alleges that he had a longtime gay affair with Miami businessman Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, reports the Huffington Post. The allegation in Nixon's Darkest Secrets is getting some traction because the book is written by veteran political reporter Don Fulsom, formerly of UPI, who covered Nixon's presidency, among others. What's more, the late Rebozo is alleged to have had Mafia ties, notes the Daily Mail.

The sensational claim prompted the Miami Herald to look back on the obituary it ran for Rebozo when he died in 1998. It noted that the two men were friends for more than 40 years and that Rebozo would frequently visit the White House. "They were inseparable—you just can't imagine how close two men could be," recalled one GOP campaigner. "It was as if Bebe had the key to unlock Richard Nixon's soul." Among the book's other allegations: That Nixon beat his wife, and that Rebozo was given a bedroom at the White House during Nixon's presidency. Click for more of the gossip. (Read more Richard Nixon stories.)

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