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Gore Vidal Underage Sex Hinted At In NYT Profile

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**FILE**Author Gore Vidal arrives for the Film Society of Lincoln Center's gala tribute for actress Susan Sarandon held in New York, in this file photo from May 5, 2003. Vidal was named Tuesday, April 10, 2007, the first winner of the PEN/Borders Literary Service Award, given to "a truly distinguished American writer whose critically acclaimed work helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways." (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson-File) | AP

A New York Times profile of Gore Vidal,, who died last year, suggests that the often controversial author may have had sex with underage men.

The article, which focuses on the tension around Vidal’s estate, features eyebrow-raising remarks from the writer’s half sister, Nina Straight, and Vidal’s nephew, Burr Steers. Recalling the contentious relationship between Vidal and conservative icon William Buckley, Steers claims that Vidal feared information of his sexual activities with underage men might have been revealed as part of the feud.

Mr. Steers said Mr. Vidal was terrified that Mr. Buckley had evidence that Mr. Vidal had sex with underage men. “Jerry Sandusky acts,” Ms. Straight said, referring to the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted of child molestation.

Steers continued, “I know Buckley had a file on him that Gore feared. It would make sense if that material was about him having underage sex.”

Gawker’s report on the Times article notes that in a 2012 interview with The New Republic, Buckley's son states that Buckley did indeed keep a file on Vidal.

The Times reports that other friends of Vidal doubt the allegations about underage sex, and there is no direct evidence to support the claim.

During his life, Vidal refused to put a label on his sexuality, but was said to have had relations with both men and women according to the New York Times' obituary from 2012.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Buckley's file on Gore Vidal was acknowledged by Vidal's son in The New Republic. In fact, it was Buckley's son, Christopher, who acknowledged the existence of the file.

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