Sexual harassment scandals in the entertainment industry or politics have attracted a lot of attention recently. The number of women and sometimes even men who have come up with confessions that are being excited or sexually assaulted by strong people is increasing.
Such allegations have also been raised against some US presidents, including President Donald Trump.
President Lyndon Johnson showed a rare talent while he was a member of Congress. Biographers say he also had a number of extramarital relationships.
But he was not the first to be known for such stories. Many historians believe that Thomas Jefferson had children out of wedlock with his slave Sally Hemmings.
A historian says that it is not surprising that some politicians have extramarital relationships.
“The politics itself relies on the art of seduction. This job makes these people in their careers, “says historian Richard Reeves.
John Kennedy was known for relationships with a number of women before and during the presidency. But many Americans did not recognize this aspect of his life while he was alive.
Extramarital relationships between two adults are not illegal.
“We need to distinguish between those who aim for relationships with minors, for example with 14-year-olds. In cases where there is a relationship between two adults, it may be unpleasant, but it would not be an illegal act, “says legal expert Ariela Gross.
Before his election as President, Bill Clinton faced a number of sexual assault charges. Then he gave false testimony about a sexual relationship with a White House practitioner. His dismissal from the post started, but he was found guiltless. It was the time when the internet had just started.
“Bill Clinton was lucky. If the scandal would have exploded after the massive internetization, Clinton probably would not have held the post, “says historian Richard Reeves.
In 2005, Donald Trump was recorded aloud by commenting inappropriate acts with women.
“This case is worth mentioning, as he was boasting about touching women between the legs, which would qualify as a sexual assault. It was an offense punishable by law. But the only proof was his words, “says expert Ariela Gross.
Many men, including presidents, often exaggerate the events to boast, says the historian Reeves. Also, the man and woman in the incident can give different variants of the event, enabling supporters and rivals to comment on these stories, whether they are true or not.