Leon Isaac Kennedy Suing Ebony Mag For $1 Mil For “Claims” He Leaked Vintage Sex Tape
Remember when Jayne Kennedy and Leon Isaac Kennedy were victims of that infamous leaked sex vid’ back in the day? Well Leon is pulling out all stops on his mission to get at Ebony Magazine for allegedly spreading inaccuracies (in their 2013 “Scandal” Issue) about one of the biggest Old School sex scandals that not even “Olivia Pope” would have been able to fix. Now as we all know, Leon is a very devoted Christian minister now, but even the most devout missionaries can get a lil’ heated if you push them too far. See what Leon had to say about this…
This is an open letter that Leon wrote regarding the Ebony “Scandal Issue” (Via EurWeb):
They accused me of viciously releasing a sex tape during our divorce, insinuating that I purposely tried to ruin Jayne Kennedy’s career and life. Nothing could be further from the truth. They published these scandalized lies to sell magazines, with no regard of how it would forever damage me and others.
The fact is the tape was stolen from my home and was released and exploited almost a decade after our divorce. Jayne and her husband Bill know the truth and I have sworn affidavits from others stating that they know that this tape was not put out by me. In these post-divorce years, I’ve maintained a friendship with Jayne, Bill and their family.
What was particularly hurtful is that this was done by such a venerable, historical magazine. When you read something in Ebony, it’s “Bible”, regarded as truth by the public. Johnson Publishing built its foundation and legacy by lifting up and championing the achievements of the Black community and in particular, Black men. However, the present Ebony staff published sensationalized falsities, contrary to my wonderful working relationship and friendship with CEO-Founder John Johnson – now deceased – and Bob Johnson, one of Johnson’s main reporters.
Because I had such a great relationship and high regard for Mr. Johnson and faith that Johnson Publications would print the story with truth and integrity – I gave Johnson Publications the exclusive first story on our divorce. At our home, Jayne and I sat with the Johnson reporters and stated that our divorce would be amicable, which it was; and our behavior toward one another has continued to be so.
The story stated, “Jayne and Leon will always be good friends.” Jayne stated, “I’m only doing this interview because Leon asked me and because of my relationship with Johnson Publications.” I was quoted as saying, “No matter what happens, I’ll always love Jayne and I’ll always care about her.”
By contrast, for the 2013 article, neither I, nor Jayne Kennedy Overton were contacted by the current writers, editors or Johnson Publications for our comments or opportunity for denial or rebuttal before that article went to print. It’s obvious that they did not want the truth, just sensationalism!
Johnson’s entire attitude has been totally disrespectful. Anyone that knows me will attest that I’ve always tried to conduct myself in a decent and respectful manner. The past, almost 20 years of my life, have been devoted primarily to ministry, wherein we have tried to help and be of service to others.
This suit is not for money, it’s for history; once something appears in Jet or Ebony it’s taken as fact 10 years from now, 100 years from now.
For our families and our careers, the theft and distribution of this tape – was embarrassing and hurtful enough; to me, it was a painful lesson in humility. But incredulously, for me to now be labeled by Johnson Publications, as the vicious villain that perpetrated such hurt and embarrassment, to not just Jayne, but to myself, so many family members, friends and fans, is damaging on so many levels, that it’s beyond my ability to truly express it.
This exploited falsity and tape are not our legacy. Independently, and as a couple, we were pioneers during a time when there was a scarcity of opportunities for minorities, for those of color and for women. – We achieved many “firsts” and helped to break down barriers and open up many doors – that happily others are benefitting from today.
To me, Jayne will always be the epitome of beauty – grace and class. I cherish the time we had as a couple and the friendship I have had with her, her husband Bill and her family in these 30 post-divorce years.
With Respect for the Truth,
Leon Isaac Kennedy
Leon also states in the complaint that Ebony’s “lie” has result in canceled ministry dates and a 40 percent drop in invitations for him to minister at churches and conferences that cost him at least $35,000 in lost revenue. We definitely understand Leon’s anger if what he’s accusing Ebony mag of is true. Unfortunately, Leon’s lawsuit is probably also re-hashing a difficult time for Jayne Kennedy, who is just an innocent bystander in this situation. In this case it’s a no-win situation, unless Leon wins that $1 MILLION he’s seeking. We wish them both closure once and for all though.
From the looks of their recent pic together on the next page, they do seem to be cool with each other now. Flip the page to see what we mean…
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