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RFK Jr. responds to new claims of sexual assault and eating dog

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An exclusive Vanity Fair report published on Tuesday, July 2, made several claims against Independent presidential candidate Robert. F. Kennedy Jr. The article outlines allegations of sexual assault on his family babysitter to accusations of sending pictures of nude women to friends and sharing a photo of a barbecued dog carcass.

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Former Kennedy babysitter Eliza Cooney told Vanity Fair that Kennedy sexually assaulted her in 1998 when she was 23-years-old. She described an instance where he caressed her leg and another where groped and fondled her. She also said that Kennedy, who was 45 at the time, asked her to rub lotion on his back while he was shirtless.

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Cooney said she came close to publicizing her accusations against RFK Jr. in 2017 during the #MeToo Movement and again after he decided to run for president in 2023. Although she ultimately decided against a civil suit against Kennedy, she is sharing her story now.

The new report also alleged that Kennedy sent a picture of himself and a woman with a dog’s remains in Korea to a friend. Kennedy allegedly told the friend he should try dog while he’s in Asia. The friend told Vanity Fair that he found the picture insensitive to Korean culture and unsettling.

Kennedy also reportedly sent pictures of naked women to friends during his first marriage.

The accusations come at a time when the presidential race between President Joe Biden and former President Trump is heating up, just months ahead of the general election. RFK Jr. currently finds himself far behind the two front-runners. Polls show that he is hovering at 8.3% support among registered voters.

However, family members interviewed by Vanity Fair expressed fear that his run could cost President Biden the election.

Some family members reportedly pressured Kennedy to drop out of the race or wait until 2028 to run.

RFK Jr. responded to the allegations leveled in Vanity Fair in several interviews on Tuesday.

“The article is a lot of garbage. The picture that they said is of me eating a dog is actually me eating a goat in Patagonia on a whiteboard trip many years ago on the Futafeufu River,” Kennedy said during an interview with “Breaking Points.”

He also appeared on Fox News to address the controversial photo and accused Vanity Fair of false analysis.

“Vanity Fair said that they talked to veterinarians who assured them that it was a dog,” Kennedy said. “That they had meta-analysis that showed it was in Korea and it was in Korea of me eating a dog and that statement is emblematic of the entire article or the lack of journalistic standards throughout the article.”

When pressed on the sexual assault allegations by “Breaking Points” he sidestepped the question. Kennedy simply said, “I’m not going to comment on it.”

Kennedy also said during his response that he is “no church boy” and that he has openly admitted to having “many skeletons” from his past.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

AN EXPLOSIVE VANITY FAIR REPORT IS LEVELING SERIOUS CLAIMS AGAINST INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ROBERT F. KENNEDY JUNIOR.

FROM ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ON HIS FAMILY BABYSITTER TO ACCUSATIONS OF SENDING PICTURES OF NUDE WOMEN TO FRIENDS AND SHARING AN UNSETTLING PHOTO OF A BARBECUED DOG CARCASS. 

FORMER KENNEDY BABYSITTER ELIZA COONEY TOLD VANITY FAIR KENNEDY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER IN 1998 WHEN SHE WAS 23. 

DETAILING AN INSTANCE WHERE HE CARESSED HER LEG AND ANOTHER WHERE HE GROPED AND FONDLED HER.

SHE EVEN CLAIMS KENNEDY, WHO WAS 45 AT THE TIME, ASKED HER TO RUB LOTION ON HIS BACK WHILE SHIRTLESS.

COONEY SAID SHE CAME CLOSE TO PUBLICIZING THE ACCUSATIONS IN 2017 DURING THE #METOO MOVEMENT AND AGAIN AFTER RFK JUNIOR ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

THOUGH SHE ULTIMATELY DECIDED AGAINST A CIVIL SUIT, SHE IS SPEAKING OUT NOW.

THE NEW REPORT ALSO ALLEGES KENNEDY SENT A PICTURE OF HIMSELF AND A WOMAN WITH A DOG’S REMAINS IN KOREA TO A FRIEND– TELLING THE FRIEND HE SHOULD TRY DOG WHILE HE’S IN ASIA.

THE FRIEND SAID HE FOUND IT INSENSITIVE TO KOREAN CULTURE AND UNSETTLING.

KENNEDY ALSO REPORTEDLY SENT PICTURES OF NAKED WOMEN TO FRIENDS DURING HIS FIRST MARRIAGE.

THE EXPOSE COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE BETWEEN BIDEN AND TRUMP IS HEATING UP.

R-F-K JUNIOR FINDS HIMSELF FAR BEHIND THE TWO FRONTRUNNERS– POLLS SHOW HE’S HOVERING AROUND EIGHT PERCENT SUPPORT AMONG VOTERS.

FAMILY MEMBERS INTERVIEWED BY VANITY FAIR FEAR HIS RUN COULD COST BIDEN THE ELECTION.

SOME FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE REPORTEDLY PRESSURED KENNEDY TO DROP OUT OF THE RACE OR WAIT UNTIL 2028 TO RUN.

RFK JUNIOR IS RESPONDING TO THE ALLEGATIONS – APPEARING IN SEVERAL INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK. 

[ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.]

THE ARTICLE IS A LOT OF GARBAGE. THE PICTURE THAT THEY SAID IS OF ME EATING A DOG IS ACTUALLY ME EATING A GOAT IN PATAGONIA ON A WHITEBOARD TRIP MANY YEARS AGO ON THE FUTALEUFU RIVER. 

[KARAH RUCKER]

HE ALSO WENT ON FOX NEWS TO ADDRESS THE PICTURE CONTROVERSY– ACCUSING VANITY FAIR OF FALSE ANALYSIS.

[ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.]

VANITY FAIR SAID THAT THEY TALKED TO VETERINARIANS WHO ASSURED THEM THAT IT WAS A DOG. THAT THEY HAD META ANALYSIS THAT SHOWED IT WAS IN KOREA AND IT WAS IN KOREA OF ME EATING A DOG AND THAT STATEMENT IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE ENTIRE ARTICLE OR THE LACK OF JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS THROUGHOUT THE ARTICLE. 

[KARAH RUCKER]

WHEN PRESSED ON THE SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS FROM HIS FORMER NANNY– HERE’S HIS RESPONSE.

[ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.]

I DO HAVE TO ASK. ARE YOU DENYING IT OR NOT?

I’M NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON IT.

[KARAH RUCKER]

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