*Earlier we published Leon Isaac Kennedy‘s open letter as to why he’s suing Johnson Publishing and Ebony Magazine for a story about him and ex-wife Jayne Kennedy Overton in its March, 2013 “Scandal Issue.”
However, you may be wondering what prompted the lawsuit.
Basically, Leon Isaac Kennedy filed the suit in Cook County Court because Ebony magazine “knowingly published a sensationalized lie” that the actor-turned-evangelist leaked a “sex tape” of him and Jayne during their 1981 divorce.
“Contrary to the false disparagement of him published by defendants, Kennedy is not a ‘perv(ert)’ (defined in American Heritage Dictionary as ‘one who turns away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt’; and in Webster’s New World Dictionary as ‘one practicing sexual perversion’),” Kennedy says in the lawsuit. (Parentheses in complaint.)
For the record, in the complaint, Kennedy, who preaches at churches around the world and is the founder of Kennedy Healing Love Ministries says he married and divorced Jayne Kennedy Overton, an actress, model and television host, who is not a party to the complaint. The two starred together in the movie “Body and Soul,” which Kennedy also wrote, according to the complaint. Kennedy says their marriage dissolved amicably in 1981, and the couple granted John Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, exclusive access to report on their divorce.
“As a consequence of John Johnson’s personal relationship with Kennedy, Johnson’s reporters were granted virtually unrestricted access to the Kennedy’s regarding the dissolution of their marriage, including in-person interviews at the Kennedy home and follow-up telephone interviews,” the complaint states.
Kennedy’s complaint states that Ebony revisited the Kennedys’ divorce in its March, 2013 issue – to paint him in an ugly light.
“In February, 2013, Johnson, historically a well-regarded publisher of information and articles concerning African-American culture, political issues, news and public figures, undertook a campaign to publish highly inflammatory, negative stories about certain well-known African American celebrities and public figures which, on information and belief, was motivated by a desire to boost revenues by publicizing false and sensational stories of claimed celebrity scandal,” according to the 19-page lawsuit.
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