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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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Rich Pasco    

1761 days ago
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James Patrick    

As if he didnt lead this type of life anyway ..its like a reenactment..lived the life

1761 days ago
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tim65    

The explanations were even more hilarious: so you verified the pic by going to Marina del Rey and asked around whether the boat was from mid-50's? And that confirmed the pic was genuine?

You would have better stories here if you had even the basic skills on journalism.

1761 days ago
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d33    

still a fun pic, tho

1761 days ago
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Suze    

I'm loving the fact that there are still some morons posting that this *could* have been JFK...ie: maybe they took the picture before he died and didn't publish it until 1967. LOL...

1761 days ago
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John2510    

FWIW... I'm among several who owe TMZ's photo "experts" an apology over one thing... We thought the photo was obviously faked to add the JFK head - because of the size, positioning, contrasting background, etc.

However... the photo was apparently NOT doctored.

It sure looked fake...

Still, you wonder what would have happened if the perpetrator of the fraud had used an old picture of a guy who looked a little like JFK that HADN'T been published in a widely-distributed national magazine.

Fortunately, these late-found fakes usually come to light (remember the Hitler diaries?)

1761 days ago
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TMZ FAIL!!!    

Nice research TMZ! Maybe you should stick to the incredible news worthy stories of Lindsy Lohan's wardrobe and the variety of stars flashing as they get out of their cars. Let me guess, your researcher was Stephen Glass right?!

1761 days ago
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Kris    

IMO, the fake photo was a setup after Harvey talked extensively last week on the web chat, about how careful TMZ check their sources for each story. The fake was to discredit TMZ as just another sleazy tabloid. Possible candidate: James Cameron.

1761 days ago
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Kendall Weddington    

I just read a terrific article about Barack Obama at www.ebmpublishing.com, and he really credits JFK with much of his success. Very Good Article! RIP JFK.

1761 days ago
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Christine    

Ok...the heading says "Man in photo is NOT JFK"...so quite possibly it was really a playboy photoshoot from 1967 (with another man in it), since TMZ has declared it's NOT JFK!!

I mean give TMZ a break...the guy who showed them the picture in the first place was convinced all these years (supposedly) that it was JFK...so it's only natural that TMZ would post the pic to find out the truth...and they did find out the truth, thanks to them posting the picture in the first place!!

1761 days ago
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Macbeth    

I notice that TMZ still isn't admitting that the picture's not of Kennedy--just that it had previously appeared in Playboy. Very sleazy form of journalism

1761 days ago
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tim65    

It would be interesting to know what trials these 'forensic experts' have been testifying...

1761 days ago
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KL    

Gee... TMZ ran a stopy/pic before doing adequate research? Why I could say I am surprised....

1761 days ago
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Manley Witten    

To Harvey Levin, who said, "We're not happy about it, but this is part of journalism." What is? Being duped on a b.s. "news" item? This is not journalism. What you practice is something entirely different, which is best to remain nameless.

1760 days ago
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Mibiznonly    

TMZ ALWAYS gets it right. They at least vetted the story prior to running it like most web sights. The PROS verifying authenticity were wrong. Major networks get their entire entertainment reports from TMZ.
So they made a mistake. They let us know the MINUTE they knew there was a problem. They're human. That's more then a lot of any other reporting I know at all.
Harvey and crew - You're all good guys and basically do all of the footwork for every other writer, blogger, tv station out there.
We may not agree it's right personally (that's moral though), but this is the first website everyone goes to.

1760 days ago
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