In the history of government scandals in the world, no other case can
top the sexplosive love triangle that involved Philippine President
Ferdinand Marcos, Hollywood actress Dovie Beams, and First Lady Imelda
Marcos in 1968-1970. Other cases pale in comparison.
What readily comes to mind are the infamous cases of British Secretary
of State John Profumo who had sex encounter with model Christine Keeler
that brought down the Conservative Party, and U.S. President Bill
Clinton's sexcapade with a young intern at his White House Oval Office
that caused his Democratic Party's defeat in the next presidential
The Profuno Affair
Secretary Profumo in 1963 dominated world news headlines after his
affair with Keeler was discovered. Married to actress Valerie Hobson,
he served as a brigadier general commanding the British 15th Army Group
in Italy until the end of World War Two.
well-connected politician with a good war record, he was later elected
to the House of Commons as a Conservative candidate. From there he held
other important government positions until his appointment as Secretary
of State for War in the Conservative administration of Prime Minister
In July 1961, at a party in
Cliveden, home of Viscount Astor, Profumo met Keeler, a model with whom
he began a sexual relationship. Profumo ended it after only a few
weeks, but rumors about their affair started to circulate. Since Keeler
also had sexual relations with Yevgeny Ivanov, the senior naval attache
at the Soviet Embassy, the "Profumo Affair" took on a national security
In December 1962, a shooting incident
in London involving two other men who were also involved with Keeler
led the press to invcstigate her, and reporters soon learned of her
affairs with Profumo and Ivanov.
But the British
tradition of respecting the private lives of politicians was maintained
until March 1963, when the Labour MP George Wigg, claiming to be
motivated by the national security aspect of the case, referred in the
House of Commons (i.e. under immunity from any possible legal action)
to rumors that Profumo was having an affair with Keeler. Profumo then
made a personal statement in which he admitted he knew Keeler but
denied there was any "impropriety" in their relationship.
Profumo's statement did not prevent newspapers from publishing about
Keeler, and it soon became apparent to Prime Minister Macmillan that
his position was untenable. On June 5, 1963 Profumo was forced to admit
that he had lied to the House of Commons, an unforgivable offence in
British politics. He resigned from office, from the House of Commons
and from the Privy Council.
Before making his
public confession Profumo confessed the affair to his wife, who stood
by him. It was never shown that his relationship with Keeler had led to
any breach of national security. The scandal rocked the Conservative
government, and was generally held to have been among the causes of its
defeat by the Labour Party in the 1964 election.
Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the
rest of his life, even when the 1989 movie "Scandal" and the
publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair.
The President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Sexcapade
President Bill Clinton in 1998 was caught with his pants down after
tapes of his sexual relation with White House 21-year-old intern Monica
Lewinsky in the Oval Office was exposed and shocked the United States
and the world.
The news of this sex scandal and
the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment of
President Clinton that year by the U.S. House of Representatives and
his subsequent acquittal on charges of perjury and obstruction of
justice in a 21-day trial in the U.S. Senate.
Back in June 1995 Lewinsky, a graduate of Lewis & Clark College,
was hired to work as an unpaid intern at the White House in the office
of Chief of Staff Leon Panetta during President Clinton's first term.
In November she and Clinton began a personal relationship.
In December Lewinsky moved into a paid position in the Office of
Legislative Affairs, handling letters from members of Congress. She
frequently ferried mail to the Oval Office of President Clinton.
In April 1996 Deputy White House Chief of Staff Evelyn Lieberman
transferred Lewinsky to a job at The Pentagon due to her "inappropriate
and immature behavior" and inattention to work. In fact, it was a move
to protect President Clinton from a potential problem.
As Lewinsky's relationship with Clinton became more distant, she and
Defense Department co-employee Linda Tripp struck a friendship.
Lewinsky later confided details of her feelings and Clinton's behavior
to her new friend who secretly recorded their telephone conversations.
When Tripp discovered in January 1998 that Lewinsky had signed an
affidavit in the Paula Jones case denying a relationship with Clinton,
she delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, the Independent Counsel who
was investigating Clinton on other matters, including the Whitewater
scandal, Filegate, and Travelgate.
grand jury testimony Clinton was guarded and argued in answer to a
question: "It depends on what the meaning of the word is
is." In a televised statement, he also claimed, "I did not have sexual
relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." After the tapes were
disclosed, he confessed to their sexual affair and apologized to his
wife and the nation.
The extensive reporting of
the scandal led to criticism of the press for over-coverage. The case
was sometimes referred to as "Monicagate", "Lewinskygate", "Tailgate",
"Sexgate", and "Zippergate" in reference to her giving him oral sex
and, by analogy, with President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal that
led to his resignation.
The Democratic Party of
President Clinton subsequently went down in defeat in the 2000
presidential election in a very close outcome that was decided by the
United States Supreme Court and the state of Florida that awarded the
election to George W. Bush by the technicality of electoral college
vote, although Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote.
The Sexplosive Marcos-Dovie-Imelda Love Triangle Of
all government scandals in the world, easily the most brazen and
scandalous that has no equal is the sexplosive love triangle that
caught Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, First Lady Imelda Marcos,
and Hollywood actress Dovie Beams in a web of secret sexual encounters
right in the presidential bedrooms caught on tape, nude pictures,
torture, bribery attempt, assassination plot, Senate investigation,
media feeding frenzy, martial law, and diplomatic crisis between the
Philippines and the United States.
The presidential scandal is the subject of controversial and best-selling book Marcos' Lovey Dovey and screenplay "Dovie" by Hermie Rotea that is currently under consideration by Hollywood for a movie project.
After the scandal broke out, the
author held exclusive marathon interviews with Miss Beams at her home
in Beverly Hills, California, during which she provided a copy of the
tape that recorded her lovemaking with President Marcos complete with
moans, cries of joy, giggles, creaking bed, and his singing of Spanish
and Ilocano songs to her during their sexual tryst.
The sex tape debunked his claim that he never had sexual relation with
Dovie Beams who was the target of an assassination attempt in Hong Kong
on her way back to the United States by a half brother of Marcos, Defin
Cueto, whose mission was to recover the sex tape, after she had refused
a $100,000 bribe offer from First Lady Imelda Marcos to turn it over to
her, despite U.S. Ambassador Henry Byroade's advice to accept it, tax
free, as the United States and the Philippines were dragged into a
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