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Rev. Jackson Admits He Fathered A Bastard Child

Jackson Had Affair With Democratic Staffer, Paid $10,000 In Hush Money To Conceal Tryst
12:22 PM ET January 18, 2001By Andrea Shalal-Esa
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, who counseled President Clinton after his affair with Monica Lewinsky, on Thursday admitted that he had fathered a daughter out of wedlock.
Jackson, a two-time former presidential candidate who hosts a talk show on CNN, said in a statement released early on Thursday that he took full responsibility for the child and had been supporting her emotionally and financially since she was born.
"I am father to a daughter who was born outside of my marriage," the Baptist preacher said in a brief statement. "This is no time for evasions, denials or alibis. I fully accept responsibility and I am truly sorry for my actions."
Jackson gave no details about the extramarital relationship that resulted in the girl's birth and said he was determined to give the child and her mother their privacy.
"As her mother does, I love this child very much and have assumed responsibility for her emotional and financial support since she was born," he said.
Jackson's statement appeared designed to preempt publication of the embarrassing story in U.S. tabloids, including the National Enquirer.
Jackson, himself born out of wedlock, said his wife, Jackie, and their children were now aware of the child, and it had been "an extremely painful, trying and difficult time for them."
"I have asked God and each one of them to forgive me and I thank each of them for their grace and understanding throughout this period of tribulation," he said.
Jackson's scheduler, John Mitchell, confirmed the authenticity of the statement, which was released in the United States by the PR Newswire.
Jackson is contemplating cancellation of his rallies in Washington D.C. this weekend.



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