BOSTON (CBS) – Did Ted Kennedy try to rent out a brothel for a night back in 1961, before he became a U.S. Senator?

The public interest group Judicial Watch announced Monday it has obtained previously-redacted material from FBI files on Kennedy.

Read: The File (.pdf)

One document includes a December 28, 1961 State Department memo that claims Kennedy made arrangements to rent a brothel for an entire night while on a trip to Santiago, Chile.

“Kennedy allegedly invited one of the Embassy chauffeurs to participate in the night’s activities,” the memo states.

So why is this coming out nearly 50 years later?

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“Ted Kennedy was a controversial, scandalous figure (with) many allegations of corruption concerning his activities and we want a complete historical record about that”, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

“In this instance he was an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County and, certainly if this type of activity was known, he wouldn’t have been a senator.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern talks to Fitton

Kennedy was elected to fill his brother John’s Senate seat in November 1962.

“I think it’s also important to note in these FBI documents that he was seemingly obsessed with meeting with communists while he was travelling down there,” Fitton said.

“Certainly something that ought to be controversial now would have been extremely controversial then.”

Fitton claims the FBI’s decision to redact these documents was “political” and “not based on law.”

“I think it will further cement Ted Kennedy’s reputation in a negative light,” he said.

“This was the Kennedy FBI that did this, that knew about this, and it was covered up.”

Judicial Watch, which originally sued to get the file last year, says it also forced the FBI to start releasing its file on the late Ted Stevens, the longtime Republican Senator from Alaska.

Comments (46)
  1. Cynic says:

    Obviously the operaters of the Brothel wouldn’t rent to just anyone !!!

  2. Cynic says:

    They were probably Republicans.

  3. Cynic says:

    At that time the FBI files had no Law enforcement purpose. They were used to provide Hoover with a tool for Blackmail.
    He was never overt about it. He would contact the Politician involved as a “FRIEND”. He would tell the Politician ‘”We came across this that someone might use against you,but don’t worry we’ll take care of it”. The Politicial would get the Message and Hoover would OWN one more.
    Why were the never any files on Hoover and his girlfriend Colson?

  4. Jerry Fletcher says:

    1 question who really cares, its just the government just trying to the continuous bashing of the Kennedy’s. Isn’t bad enough that our government killed JFK.

    1. mary43 says:

      Are you for real…the Kennedy’s were crooks. The unions killed JFK

      1. mary43 says:

        oops I meant the mob…the unions are killing the rest of us. :-)

    2. Joe says:

      Nobody needs to unjustly bash the Kennedy’s. They have done so just fine on their own and will continue to do so.

  5. Cynic says:

    Did I say Colson?. I meant Tolson.

  6. Cynic says:

    How many are there that aren’t glad that the FBI didn’t keep files on them when they were younger?

    1. Joe says:

      Comparing Ted to you or I is ignorant. Heres a little history lesson. His brother was president and he was an assistant DA and then senator. Yea, people such as that tend to leave and record a paper trail.

  7. DStein says:

    Teddy Kennedy hanging out with Commies, now THERE’S a surprise! About as surprising as him renting a brothel for the night. What a pig. Just like his father and his brothers.

  8. alan says:

    I am shocked that a Kennedy would do such a thing!……. No, wait, I am shocked that people are shocked to hear this news!!

  9. mike says:

    why does this matter. after 50 years and the man’s death….let him RIP….why is this news???

  10. Jen says:

    Who Cares 50 years later? What is this.. a slow news day?! Sheesh

    1. joe says:

      I’m sure you would say the same if it were a republican, right?

      1. Cynic says:

        Rebublicans don’t rent brothels in South America. They tend to hang around Airport Mens Rooms Instead.

  11. Sammied says:

    Most know about the Kennedy men and their ‘women’. It is so many years ago, who really cares. Bet the young don’t even know who they were. Just let the whole clan fade away, in peace as we (the public) are really tired of heaing about them all. They are the past, let them stay buried in the past.

  12. joe says:

    This guy was disgrace for massachusetts and the truth is finally coming out only because of his death.

  13. Gregg says:

    Who cares? 1961 ha ha. Can we dig an further back in the past? Did that effect me or my job or my families job or kill hundreds of thousands of people because of a war like Iraq or Vietnam? I say again Who Cares!!!!!

    1. mary43 says:

      Bush lied,people died. You libs are so absolutely foolish!!!!!!!!

  14. CEO says:

    Makes you wonder just how many other sleazy things Teddy did that we’re all paying for now. A man with no scruples, no morals, just how many times did he sell America and his constituents down the river? Man, I HOPE he’s not resting in peace.

  15. massman says:

    Public interest gorup, Judicial Watch? What a joke. They have about as much interest for the public as Scott Walker does.

    1. Joe says:

      Actually assman, walker has more interest in doing right by his constituents than all the Kennedy’s combined. Which public mafia want to be union are you part of?

  16. Jody says:

    Who cares ! Leave the man alone. President Clinton fooled around in the White House. So what ! The country was doing good and that situation should be between him and his wife. I suppose people want a faithful president but don’t care about our economy ? What’s more important ?

    1. Joe says:

      Can’t we have a strong economy without a president who penetrates a woman with a cigar and smokes it while being orally serviced in the oval office? or is that too much to ask?

  17. Doris says:

    Leave the Kennedys alone.Who cares what the man did in his personnal life.He did a lot of great things for the people of Ma.

  18. Paul says:

    Ted Kennedy at a brothel? So that’s how he spent his time when he wasn’t giving swimming lessons!!!

  19. bill says:

    He was a bum, as well as the rest of the Kennedys. However, it’s our fault for keeping him in office after Mary Jo

    1. Cynic says:

      bill..If you had read the inquest report you would know that he wasn’t dragging Mary Jo to the Beach…
      They were going to the Beach Together. For what ever reason is no
      ones business but thiers.
      They were both adults and I’m certain that a trip down to the beach was nothing new to either of them or to 99% of the People that were down the Cape at that instant.

      1. Joe says:

        Cynic, I agree. However, 99% of the general public would be in jail if they killed the girl they were going to bang while driving to the beach.

      2. Joe says:

        Also cynic, you say “for whatever reason”? I’ve taken many women to the beach after midnight many times in my life. There was never any question in our minds as to the reason why…………

    2. Cynic says:

      Joe… I don;’t know what you were doing down at the Beach on the Cape but I always went there to watch out for German Submarines.

  20. Curious says:

    I think they ought to do some checking on this public interest group to see thier real agenda

    1. Joe says:

      Yotu have got to be kidding? Clinton was IMPEACHED! And yes, I would prefer my kids to have a faithful president with morals. And your a woman, what a disgrace.

      1. joe says:

        That was meant for jody

  21. Cynic says:

    Why does the outrage of people from Mass in a matter of Morals ring so Hollow? To many around the country Mass is the home of imorality, but rthen This is about Ted Kennedy not the Marriage Laws of Massachusetts isn’t iy.

  22. mike says:

    We all know bill was the most and still is the most respective president that ever served this country. then comes George W bush

    1. joe says:


  23. joe says:

    I hope nobody outside of this state reads the comments in defense of Kennedy. The rest of the country already thinks we are insane and said comments will only further their beliefs!

  24. Joe says:

    Kadaffi is proclaiming his innocence as well. I’m sure some of you nutjobs believe he is just misunderstood and innocent also.

  25. Joe says:

    People in this god forsaken state prove time and time again that liberalism truly is a mental disorder!

  26. Joe says:

    A question for Kennedy and quite frankly barney frank supporters. A Kennedy could come to your house, have sex with your wife, drink your booze, hop in your car with your daughter and drive to the beach never to be heard from again and you would still vote for him. Don’t you find that at all troubling?

    1. massman says:

      Nobody is stopping you from moving somewhere more your level. I hear Alabama is very accepting of your kind.

    2. Cynic says:

      Joe… Barney would NOT drive to the Beach with you DAUGHTER.

  27. dannie says:

    first the kennedy’s are humans just like us, they are no better then anyone. so it’s time everyone take them of the pedistial they put them on. why is this so news worthy today . i think we need to worry about more inportant things like the fact that our children in this country are undereducated. THE CHILDREN WILL BE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SOON,SO WE BETTER EDUCATE THEM OR THEY WILL HAVE ONLY US TO BLAME FOR THE POOR STATE THIS COUNTRY WILL BE IN.

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