Inside the secret Jackie O tapes

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The Kennedy family in the early 1960s.
The Kennedy family in the early 1960s.
Cecil Stoughton/White House photographer/Reuters

A few months after the presidential assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy Onassis secretly sat down with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to record her thoughts. She then requested the tapes be made available to the public 50 years after her death.

The Kennedy Library granted ABC News access to these never-before-heard interviews with the former first lady. The UK’s Daily Mail is now reporting that her daughter, Caroline, recently agreed to release them early in exchange for ABC dropping the miniseries on the Kennedy family, starring Kate Holmes.

The tabloid claims Jackie revealed she had an affair with actor William Holden as payback to JFK for sleeping with a 19-year-old intern. She also reportedly suspected President Lyndon B. Johnston was behind her husband’s murder.

Looks like we’ll have to wait until mid-September to get to the bottom of the Jackie O tapes.

An ABC spokesperson confirmed the tapes exist and the release next month, but called the tabloid reports “totally erroneous” and “off base.” The statement continued, “The actual content of the tapes provide unique and important insight into our recent past from one of the most fascinating and influential First Ladies in American history.”

This country can’t seem to get enough of the Kennedy clan, so these plot twists, fictional or not, will surely make into another mini-series.

Inside the secret Jackie O tapes

Updated