The Daily Mail reported on the discovery:
Unearthed FBI tapes have revealed how Martin Luther King Jr had extramarital affairs with ’40 to 45 women’ and even claim he ‘looked on and laughed’ as a pastor friend raped a parishioner.
The civil rights hero was also heard allegedly joking he was the founder of the ‘International Association for the Advancement of P***y-Eaters’.
The shocking files could lead to a ‘painful historical reckoning’ for the man who is celebrated across the world for his campaign against racial injustice, according to one biographer.
The FBI surveillance tapes detailing his indiscretions are being held in a vault at the U.S. National Archives and are not due for release until 2027.
But David Garrow, a biographer of King who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 book Bearing the Cross about the Baptist minister, has unearthed the FBI summaries of the various incidents.
FBI director J Edgar Hoover ordered the surveillance of King in an effort to undermine his power amid fears he could have links to the Communist Party.
The intelligence service carried out surveillance on a number of civil rights figures and suspected communists and they had an interest in smearing their reputation.
The recording from the Willard Hotel near the White House shows how King was accompanied his friend Logan Kearse, the pastor of Baltimore’s Cornerstone Baptist church who died in 1991, along with several female parishioners of his church.
In King’s hotel room, the files claim they then ‘discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural and unnatural sex acts’.
The FBI document says: ‘When one of the women protested that she did not approve, the Baptist minister immediately and forcefully raped her’ as King watched.
He is alleged to have ‘looked on, laugh and offered advice’ during the encounter.
FBI agents were in the room next door but did not intervene.
The following day, King and a dozen others allegedly participated in a ‘sex orgy’ engaging in ‘acts of degeneracy and depravity’.
When one woman showed reluctance, King was allegedly heard saying that performing the act ‘would help your soul’.
Senior FBI officials later sent King a copy of the incriminating tape and called him an ‘evil abnormal beast’ and his sexual exploits would be ‘on record for all time’.
The letter also suggested he should commit suicide before his wrongs were revealed to the world.
King’s philandering has long been suspected, however Garrow, who spent several months digging through the archive material, said he had no idea of the scale or the ugliness of it and his apparent indifference to rape until he saw the files.
He said: ‘It poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible.’
Among the revelations is a claim by a prostitute who said she was involved in a threesome with King, which she described as the worst orgy she had ever experienced.
His wife Coretta often complained he was hardly with her and even said he would spend less than 10 hours a month at home.
According to one FBI report, King even said: ‘She should go out and have some sexual affairs of her own.’
There is even a suggestion in the files that King fathered a daughter with a secret girlfriend in Los Angeles.
Both the mother and child are alive but refused to talk to Garrow.
If these tapes actually exist, which evidence does seem to indicate, it demonstrates that people who try to disparage the lives of people who lived before them (like the founders), using rumors and accusations have nothing like the evidence now exposed against the republican Civil Rights leader.