Nearly sixty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a secret mistress has come forward to speak about their alleged love affair.
An 83 year old New York woman has broken her silence on her alleged affair with JFK in a piece for Air Mail, an outlet owned by former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.
According to Diana de Vegh, John F. Kennedy courted her in 1958 when she was just a 20 year old student at Radcliffe College.
The alleged mistress described in detail how JFK, who was married at the time, had asked her on a date.
“In my closet, my dresses chittered and chattered, fluffing their sleeves and whisking their hems, vying for my attention,” de Vegh wrote. “As I would be vying for his attention, as soon as I saw him again.”
According to de Vegh, the love affair continued for years, but JFK became colder as time went on. The mistress claims that the affair ended just a year before he was assassinated.
President John F. Kennedy had an affair with a 20-year-old college student on and off for years — until he phased her out, making her feel used … so claims the alleged mistress. https://t.co/Nd5A8VicYH
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 29, 2021
In a statement to the New York Post, de Vegh says that she decided to go public about the affair at this time as an attempt to encourage other women who are engrossed in relationships with unequal power dynamics to speak out.
“The whole idea of conferred specialness—‘You go to bed with me, I’ll make you special’—we’ve seen a lot of that with Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, show business,” the alleged JFK mistress wrote.
Though there have always been women claiming, without evidence, to have had affairs with high level men, this article from de Vegh is not completely out of the blue.
According to the news outlet People, “Though de Vegh had never spoken publicly in this way, her account of their years-long relationship didn’t arrive entirely out of the blue. Descriptions of their alleged affair were previously published in Vanity Fair editor Sally Bedell Smith’s 2004 book about the Kennedys, Grace and Power.”