Gore Vidal’s nephew and half-sister claim the celebrated writer was a pedophile who carried out ‘Jerry Sandusky acts’ on underage boys as they challenge his $37 million will
- Vidal’s half-sister, Nina Straight, and nephew, Burr Steers, claim Vidal ‘had underage sex’
- The alleged circumstances were described as ‘Jerry Sandusky acts’, referring to the former Penn State football coach convicted of child molestation
- Vidal’s long-time rival, political commentator William Buckley, is said to have had a ‘file’ of incriminating evidence against him, which Vidal was ‘terrified’ of
- Vidal left his entire $37 million estate to Harvard University following his death last year, but his family are contesting the will, saying he was not mentally competent when he filed it
Mr Steers – who directed the Zac Efron film Charlie St Cloud – said that conservative columnist William F. Buckley – who had a long-running public feud with Vidal, which also played out in court – had evidence linking Vidal to the alleged crimes.
Vidal was said to be ‘terrified’ about the information Buckley had against him.