A snippet in a story about the famed writer Gore Vidal’s will is making headlines. In a New York Times interview, Vidal’s nephew Burr Steers said his uncle was afraid rival William F. Buckley had evidence that he had sex with underage boys, or a “Jerry Sandusky act,” as his half-sister Nina Straight refered to it. Steers told the Times, “It would make sense if that material was about him having underage sex. Gore spent a lot of time in Bangkok, after all. Gore also had a very weird take on the abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests. He would say that the young guys involved were hustlers who were sending signals.” The Times did note that other friends doubted the claims that Vidal had sex with underage men.
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