Friday, February 07, 2014

Leon Issac Kennedy Pens Open Letter to Ebony Magazine


Yesterday it was revealed that 70s heartthrob Leon Issac Kennedy was suing Ebony Magazine for implying in their Scandal Issue that the actor turned pastor was behind the infamous Jayne Kennedy sex tape leak [click here if you missed that].

Leon Issac explains why he decided to take action in an open letter....

Why I’m suing Johnson Publications and Ebony Magazine.
They published a sensationalized lie.
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.
It is also hurtful that Johnson Publications and Ebony’s current administration and editors would defame someone with such a long history with Johnson Publications. For many years, Jayne and I together, or independently, were on many covers and in inside articles. – Yes, we benefited from the publicity; however, we also generated an amazing number of sales for Johnson Publications.
We were informed that the two cover stories in 1981-82 detailing our divorce were two of the largest selling magazine issues in Johnson’s history. Now, shamefully to sell more magazines, the current Johnson Publications and its current editors purposefully disregarded what their Founder and CEO, Mr. John H. Johnson printed as the truth regarding the Kennedy divorce and my behavior.
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.
As a result of these interviews, Johnson Publications ran not one, but two cover stories:
1.Jet Cover Story, “Leon and Jayne – Tell Why Their Good Marriage Turned Bad”, Exclusive, dated 11-26-1981 (see attached Jet Cover).
2.Ebony Cover Story, “Jayne and Leon Kennedy – Did Success Ruin Their Marriage?” Exclusive, dated January, 1982 (see attached Ebony Cover and 7 page story). Jet and Ebony are both part of Johnson Publications.
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.”
For these 1981-82 articles, there were numerous interviews and telephone calls emanating from Johnson Publications to the Kennedy’s – to gather truthful information, for Ebony’s 7 page cover story.
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
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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

BUT NIGGA YOU LEAKED THAT TAPE!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sue they asses Leon.

Honey Bun said...

sorry but who and who cares? looking like a crackhead

70' s was a long time ago....

Anonymous said...

Did he ask them to print a retraction first?

Anonymous said...

Um, what's the date and year on that doo-rag and braids?

Anonymous said...

He know he put out that tape with his insecure self.. ABUSERS always quick to say, See she not mad... She was traumatized by him for life and he knows it now he trying to ease his guilt and manipulate public perception. If anything she is still suffering from Stockholm syndrome. His attitude and insecurities have Ben known for years... Now he wants to sue somebody..

Anonymous said...

^been

Anonymous said...

Whatever broke up their old-as-father-time marriage is another story. I believe him in this situation and it's obvious he still values the friendship which i think is so sweet, stronger than love itself.

and not every oldhead lightskin person looks like a crackhead, he looks damn good for his age, 90s doo-rag nd all!

Anonymous said...

This would have came and went had he not asked for a retraction instead of suing.

I believe he gas turned his life around but why is he suing and not Jayne????

Anonymous said...

He has always been a creep. I guess religion was paying after his struggling acting career ended, I guess his church is broke and he wanna sue something.

Anonymous said...

@820 after he put half his arm up in her. She ain't got nothing left. He's suing the right people. He already pissed on her dignity!

Anonymous said...

I wonder did she contract something from him shoving his dirty hands and sharp fingernails all up in her uterus. All that he was doing was unnecessary and it had nothing to do with sex or love. I'm sure he was a mental abuser as well... Lil punkass creep is what he is

Anonymous said...

Who knew the tape even existed except for those two? Also, why steal it after almost ten years? What would be the gain. They were both irrelevant by then. He knows he did it and if I were her husband, Leon wouldn't be allowed in my house!

MizIron Box said...

I just watched that video for the first time. Leon was running like a rabbit...definitely high and very sadistic. Jayne was the epitome of a dutiful wife. Damn!

Anonymous said...

Jayne always seemed so pure and innocent.. I guess he had to corrupt and defile her for anybody else after him.. Weak ass nigga

Anonymous said...

No one reads Ebony. If he had kept his trap shut or just quietly worked with or sued them no one would have given this prehistoric news a second thought....good night all!!

Niyabinghi Warrior said...

I never even knew a sex tape existed from those two and its long past the time for me to care, so I'mma need this do rag wearing kneegrow to go have a seat somewhere.

Anonymous said...

why make a tape? sadistic creep. blame yourself.

Anonymous said...

oh fuck it, now imma look that sex tape up online.

Anonymous said...

That man look terrible. You all need to quit.


He look like a cross between a Cheshire cat and a pigeon.

Anonymous said...

@10:56

Many people do read Ebony. Ebony is better that Essence. Essence is nothing but a Black version of Cosmo, Glamour and those other trashy women's magazines. Essence is trash and is on Beyawnce and Mary J. Blige's pay roll.

Anonymous said...

Made me go look up the tape, Jayne Kennedy was fine as hell.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Leon will win this case because E entertainment told this story on Hollywood Scandals sometime ago. Good luck with that lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

So long winded. He did it.

Anonymous said...

I saw the sex tape online. It was dull and boring. I never understood why folks make and watch porn.

Anonymous said...

He looks abusive in the eyes

Anonymous said...

I want to meet him face to face for doing what he did to that beautiful women even under the guise of marriage . dirty bastard . minister some joke !

Anonymous said...

This man is a piece of shit. The textbook case of a man envious of a woman. He couldn't handle his wife's beauty so he abused her. The tape is VERY DISTURBING.

Go ahead and try and sue you sonofabitch. You will be judged by standards of the millennium and not the 1980s where a woman was expected to be abused by her husband and suffer in silence.

The jury will see you for the faggot ass faggot little druggie bitch that you are.

And your ministry ain't nuthin' but a hustle.

Anonymous said...

@7:52 PM, Totally agree!

Anonymous said...

How do these burglars know where to find sex tapes? I mean if I broke into a home I would be looking for jewelry electronics and cash. Not looking through video footage looking for amateur porn.

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