From The New York Daily News
The director of a forthcoming movie about Martin Luther King Jr. has vowed he won’t show him in bed with a prostitute.
But Paul Webb’s screenplay also shows him to be a flesh-and-blood man who had, as his colleague Ralph Abernathy wrote, a “weakness for women.”
In one scene, President Lyndon Johnson tells FBI director J. Edgar Hoover that he doesn’t know or care “whether [King] has a gargantuan appetite for p- or whether he just sometimes needs a woman’s touch when he’s away from home …”
In another scene at a Washington hotel, King meets a flirtatious woman who tells him, “You look like you need some tender loving care, honey.”
“You’re way out of my price bracket,” says King.
“I’ll donate part of my fee to the cause,” she says.
Soon thereafter, Hoover’s agents are seen recording King’s lovemaking with the woman, as well as their postcoital conversation. King’s wife, Coretta, receives a copy of the tape, with an anonymous blackmail letter.