Friday, October 17, 2008
Middle-aged man claiming to be secret love-child of Marilyn Monroe and JFK launches bid to claim president's estate
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:49 PM on 17th October 2008
A middle-aged man has launched a bizarre legal bid - claiming to be the secret love child of John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 53, insists he is the legal heir to JFK's cash - and is suing the late President's estate for what he says is his fair share.
And he says he has kept his identity secret for 45 years since Kennedy's death because he was hoping his estate would "do the right thing" and pay him.
Lawyers for the estate dismissed it as a "frivolous lawsuit" which they would "vigorously defend against".
However Kennedy - also using the name John R. Burton - insisted he was the love child of America's most loved President and the screen goddess - although he could not provide any family photos.
"They were great parents," he insisted. "I couldn't ask for anything better."
Asked why he waited 45 years after the president's assassination to come forward, Kennedy, of Queens, New York, said: "You wait for people to do the right thing, and they don't.
"That's how you end up in my position." The Manhattan federal court filing insists "Plaintiff is a child of President Kennedy" and insists that he's been shut out of his "father's" fortune.
His suit names the current administrators of the trust that was set up for Kennedy's family, Edwin Schlossberg and Martin Edelman.
"In [his] will, each child of President Kennedy was to receive a certain amount of money each year pursuant to the terms in said will," the suit says, and because he's a Kennedy child, he deserves his share.
The suit, which seeks an unspecified "past and present" share of Kennedy's estate, also asks for the chance for Kennedy to prove he is who he says is he is by dragging relatives of the slain president into the case.
"Plaintiff requests this court order DNA testing so that plaintiffs[sic] may prove that [sic] bona fides of his claim," and order "genetic (DNA) testing of environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Congressman Patrick Kennedy."
"Upon such proof being made," Kennedy wants a judge to recognize him as a rightful heir, the suit says.
Edelman and Schlossberg's lawyer, Susan Frunzi, said, "It's hard to imagine we would not vigorously defend against" the claims.
"I assume it's a frivolous lawsuit, and it wouldn't be the first time that people have filed frivolous lawsuits against this family." His lawyer, Paul Dalnoky, did not return a call for comment.
The late president had two kids, Caroline and John Jr. JFK Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999. Caroline Kennedy and Schlossberg are married.