John Lennon was a closet Reagan Republican claims former assistant
John Lennon, the long-haired British peacenik who was investigated by the FBI in 1972 after he allegedly contributed $75,000 to a group suspected of planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention later was a closet conservative.
Fred Seaman, who was Lennon's personal assistant from 1979 until the singer's assassination in 1980, claims the former Beatle and anti-war activist favored Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter and would have voted for the Gipper if he could have.
"John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter," Seaman told Seth Swirsky, who is making a film about the Fab Four.
Seaman said the guitarist "met Reagan back, I think, in the '70s at some sporting event."
"Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young [peace] demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that," Seaman told Swirsky in excerpts published in the Toronto Sun. "He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me."
Seaman was indeed close to Lennon. The personal assistant to the star plead guilty in 1983 of larceny for stealing hundreds of personal photographs and journals of the Lennons as well as letters from the musician. He was given five years probation and ordered to return the materials. When personal photos of the Lennons surfaced with a copyright bearing Seaman's name, Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, returned to court to insist that Seaman live up to the original court order.
In 2002, Seaman apologized in a statement to Ono. "I offer no excuses for my conduct, and ask only that you can find it in your heart to forgive me," Seaman wrote. "I now realize how much pain and embarrassment I have caused."
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Photo: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed on March 27, 1969. Credit: EMI Records