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Man in Photo is Not JFK

12/28/2009 2:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ received an email from someone who said the photo we posted showing a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy on a yacht with naked women was actually a photo from a 1967 Playboy photo shoot.



We have contacted Playboy and a rep says the photo did indeed run in one of its 1967 issues. We are trying to get a copy and will update as soon as we get the info.

UPDATE: 2:34 PM ET
We've now confirmed the photo was part of a Playboy spread in 1967. The image published in Playboy was published in color.

UPDATE: 1:11 PM ET
A rep from Playboy tells TMZ the photo ran as part of story titled, "Playboy's Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodies Complement of Ship's Belles." She says the photo was taken on one of the islands that make up the Grenadines (Petit Rameau).

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151.

Bash a Pap    

"They didnt verify that it was JFk in the picture, they verified that it was there picture.. meaning that person is not JFK... think people think.."

It is "their" not "there" PLEASE learn the language people. Ignorance will be this nation's downfall. Also learn to use an apostrophe. It is "didn't" and not "didnt" Stupid people are useless.

1571 days ago
152.

Feds Under Suspicion    

Nice picture though. The women's bodies looked much more natural then, as opposed to the plastic parasites of today.

1571 days ago
153.

LAXGuard    

TMZ also has a picture of the shooter on the "grassy knoll". They are currently trying to verify it's authenticity with Lee Harvey Oswald Photography.

1571 days ago
154.

Extremely Poor Taste, TMZ!    

Oh wow, TMZ...you blew it big time with this one.

After all the great stuff TMZ managed to do this year...Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Natasha Richardson...and now your too-young, inexperienced staff takes it on the chin in a sad attempt to discredit a dead president and breathlessly spread a lie without thoroughly checking it out.

Harvey, I'm two years younger than you with 30+ years of solid journalism experience behind me. You need to fill you staff with people like me who wouldn't be so eager to publish something so controversial so quickly. That's what youth and inexperience will get you every time. EVERYONE wants to be the "hero" and secure the "get."

You owe Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg a very big apology -- now!

1571 days ago
155.

Robert Knight    

I love TMZ, but --

Didn't it occur to anyone to question the implausibly odd angle from high above the yacht's port bow?

If the craft were cruising at sea, the ships would have been in danger of imminent collision. In any case, "JFK" would likely have sought cover from the paparazzi in such a compromising scene.

Also, the lack of a wake behind the "JFK" yacht suggests it was anchored, or at port -- where a pier-side photo setup would have been more plausible.

Here endeth the lesson.

1571 days ago
156.

cafelatte    

"never-before published photograph" ---- ha ha ha

1571 days ago
157.

MD    

Do you have any idea how incredibly stupid this makes TMZ look?
Real amature. Leave the real news to those that are competent.

1571 days ago
158.

Alyx    

Well, it does look like JFK is dead in that pic and if it is 1967 then he had been dead for 4 years. TMZ needs to learn to check your stories before publishing. People are soon not going to believe anything that is said, even though you are gossip.....

1571 days ago
159.

Skifonzo    

I posted that it was a playboy spread in post #101 last night, from memory.

Gee, I have a good memory, maybe TMZ should hire me to make sure they don't make complete asses of themselves all the time! Oh wait a second, they have to be asses so asses will read their drivel. I can't believe huffpost linked to this nonsense.

1571 days ago
160.

t.    

hellooooo its not Kennedy stop talking about the years its not him

1571 days ago
161.

read the smoking gun    

Playboy confirmed that there was no monkey business (photoshopping) with the photo - that it's just a black and white version of a photo that ran in an old edition of their magazine. read the post on the smoking gun web site.

1571 days ago
162.

Smooth Criminals    

Maybe Harvey should quit bragging that most of his staff don't have college degrees because it does show.

How embarrassing is it for Harvey that his right hand man, Mike, doesn't know what the word "philandering" means?

Harvey should pay for continuing education courses for his barely educated staffers.

1571 days ago
163.

Bono    

Hey Levin, I've got a library card and some quarters for the Xerox, I found the old Playboys in the stacks. Brought my Scotch tape, I only take cash. You buying this hot Kennedy fire? You dumb fakeass lawyer.

1571 days ago
164.

Clayton Bigsby    

Now TMZ can safely send its paparazzi to hound the source of the story. Nothing like creating your own fake "exclusive" news ;)

1571 days ago
165.

JMJ    

TMZ should have checked this out before jumping the gun , shame, shame, shame.

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