FBI Tapes Allege MLK Jr. Had 40 Extramarital Affairs, Laughed During Rape

FBI tapes analyzed by the biographer of Martin Luther King Jr. have led to several salacious claims levied against the civil rights icon.

“Secret FBI tapes that accuse Martin Luther King Jr of having extramarital affairs with ’40 to 45 women’ and even claim he ‘looked on and laughed’ as a pastor friend raped a parishioner exist, an author has claimed,” according to Daily Mail. 

Biographer David Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and King’s biographer, analyzed the tapes. He also claimed that in one of the tapes, King can be heard saying that he is the “International Association for the Advancement of Pussy-Eaters”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has long kept their secret recordings under lock and key, where they still remain. It is a well-known historical fact that then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover ordered surveillance of King under the pretext that he might be a member of the Communist Party. The tapes will remain in a vault in the National Archives, and are slated for release in 2027.

According to Garrow, the tapes could be the impetus for a “painful historical reckoning.”

The report claimed that King participated in numerous acts of debauchery, including discussing with a pastor friend which parishioners with whom he would hypothetically engage in sexual acts, witnessing a rape by a fellow pastor in a Washington, D.C. while laughing along with the alleged rapist, as well as participating in orgies. It also claims that King engaged in sexual acts with at least one prostitute, and that he might have had a lovechild with a woman in Los Angeles.

King’s wife, Coretta Scott, often complained that King spent nearly no time at home.

“It poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible,” Garrow said.

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