Then US president John F. Kennedy took the virginity of a White
House intern in a side room a few feet away from where staffers
were drinking at an after-work party, the Daily Mail Sunday quoted
a new book as saying.
Mimi Alford, now a 69-year-old grandmother, related how Kennedy
led her into "Mrs Kennedy's room" during a personal tour, where he
proceeded to have sex with her.
The retired New York church administrator's tell-all memoir also
details how, during a passionate 18-month affair with Kennedy, he
told her to perform a sex act on his friend as he watched.
And she claims the then 45-year-old Kennedy also stuffed
party-drug amyl nitrate, more commonly known as poppers, under her
nose after telling her it would enhance their sex life.
But during their romance, she said he never properly kissed her
and that she was often forced to play "a waiting game" as to when
she would see him.
Alford's book "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F
Kennedy and Its Aftermath" tells the story of when the 19-year-old
debutante from New Jersey landed a job in the White House press
It was just four days into her internship that she was invited for
a midday swim in the White House pool, where Kennedy exercised to
ease his chronic back pain, and where they spoke briefly, the Mail
Later that day, she was invited by his best friend Dave Powers to
an after-work party.
After drinking several cocktails, Kennedy took her on a "personal
tour", where she says he moved "closer and closer" until he was
standing above her, guiding her onto the edge of a bed.
She wrote in the book: "Slowly, he unbuttoned the top of my
shirtdress and touched my breasts. Then he reached up between my
legs and started to pull off my underwear.
"I finished unbuttoning my shirtdress and let it fall off my
shoulders." She said Kennedy pulled down his trousers, but kept
his shirt on, and paused when he noticed she seemed reluctant.
He asked her if she had done this before and she initially replied
"No" but then changed her mind and said "Yes".
After intercourse, she said: "He hitched up his pants and smiled
at me." She claims he pointed her to the bathroom and went back to
the West Sitting Hall where they had met.
She said: "I was in shock. He, on the other hand, was
matter-of-fact, and acted as if what had just occurred was the
most natural thing in the world. On the ride home, it kept echoing
in my head: I'm not a virgin anymore."
She went swimming with him again the next week and, although he
"barely acknowledged" her arrival, they later ended up in another
bedroom which was, she says, the start of the affair.
She said: "The fact that I was being desired by the most famous
and powerful man in America only amplified my feelings to the
point where resistance was out of the question. That's why I
didn't say no to the president. It's the best answer I can give."