13 Great People Who Were Also Perverts


13 Great People Who Were Also Perverts

Your opinion on Lewis Carroll, Charlie Chaplin, HG Wells, and Lord Byron will never be the same.


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Guilty of: Being a playboy, stripping women in ‘auditions’

Who’s this guy?
THE single most famous actor of the silent film era. Even small children who have never heard of his name inevitably remember his hat-and-cane image.

What’s his story? 
Chaplin was obsessed with young women, having confessed to having had sex with over 2000 women. He would find young women to star in his movies, oftentimes just teenagers, seduce them, and then drop them for the next one as soon as the girl began to fall in love. When they would get pregnant, he would tell them to get abortions and show his contempt for them. One girl, whom he married in secret after she became pregnant, was standing outside on the platform of the back of train after the ceremony, and Chaplin walked up to her and said, “This would be a good time to put an end to your misery – why don’t you jump?”

According to film historian Kevin Browning, “Charles would only communicate with the actress he was auditioning via caption cards and mime, supposedly to test their ability to ‘perform’ in silent movies. The cards would become ever more lewd and suggestive as he got them to undress, and he would fondle their breasts in an exaggerated silent movie acting manner…”

What’s more, at the end, Chaplin would make them stand naked while he threw pies at them. If they cried out, they failed the audition because, apparently, that made them unfit to mime.

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Guilty of: Child pornography

Who’s this guy?
Author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Horrible mathematician in real life (he wrote Alice in Wonderland to ridicule the study of complex numbers).

What’s his story?
Carroll was perhaps one of the first people to take up photography as a habit. He took about 3000 photographs in his life, of which only 1000 have survived. About 500 of those were of little girls.

You see, unlike Charlie Chaplin and HG Wells (both of whom are on this list), Carroll did not have any affairs with women. He remained a bachelor throughout his life. Unfortunately, that meant he always had an entourage of little girls around him. He would write poems, riddles, and other fun stuff for the girls, as well as… love letters. Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, was one of them. The moment the girls reached puberty, he would kick them out.

Carroll enjoyed taking pictures of his little friends. They were harmless at first, but in the 1870s, he started taking pictures of them with no clothes on. What’s more, their families were fine with it. All but four of the nude photos have survived to this day.

Carroll only liked English girls. American girls were too rude for him. As for boys, he wrote, “I confess I do not admire naked boys in pictures. They always seem… to need clothes, whereas one hardly sees why the lovely forms of girls should ever be covered up.”

According to Carroll, he was tormented by the “inclinations of my sinful heart” and often lay down in bed thinking about maths to ward off his “unholy thoughts.” Let’s just be glad that he dropped photography in 1880.

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Guilty of: Incest, bestiality, pedophilia, being Eric Gill, etc.

Who’s this guy?
A successful sculptor and typeface designer. Many of his fonts are still used today.

What’s his story?
Although he claimed to be a devout Catholic, he was also a complete pervert who went much further than extra-marital affairs (though he had those too). This guy would totally be in jail if he were alive today.

Let’s start with his sculptures. Though magnificent, his sculpture entitled “F**king” of a couple entwined in complete ecstasy. The models? His sister (who he was incestuous with during the time of the creation of the sculpture and for most of his adult life) and her husband.

Gill is said to have incestuous relationships with both his sisters, Angela and Gladys. Additionally, he abused his two eldest daughters, drawing almost erotic pictures of them nude in prepubescent stages. “Girl in Bath” depicts a young teenager crouching in a bath tub; “Hair Combing” shows a plump girl with long, flowing hair. Many of these drawings were later transformed into wood carvings and are some of Gill’s most celebrated work.

Gill was obsessed with sex, abusing his maids, prostitutes, even his animals. Should his art be celebrated or condemned?



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Guilty of:  Masochism, possible pederasty (relationship with a teenage boy)

Who’s this guy?
Better known as Lawrence of Arabia, which is a pretty self-explanatory name – he played a major role in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. He was also an archaeologist.

What’s his story?
Lawrence was a celibate who hated being touched, and his friends believed he was asexual, but according to some, this changed when he met Dahoum, a 12-year-old Syrian boy who worked with him in archaeology. The two allegedly fell in love and lived together. It has even been claimed that Lawrence wrote about ‘sweet’ embraces in his journal and made a naked model of Dahoum, although none of these claims have ever been verified.

In his memoir The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (which was dedicated to Dahoum, by the way), he claims that he was captured by Turks in 1917, brutally beaten, and raped. Many say, however, that there are subtle tones of eroticism during these excerpts. He said he felt “delicious warmth, probably sexual, swelling through me.” 

What’s more, he regularly asked his pal John Bruce to whip his buttocks over a period of 12 years. He would ask to be flogged 30-75 times in a tent, sometimes with a witness, then have them write an account of the flogging to read later. His excuse? An uncle identified only as ‘R’ (who probably never existed) asked him to be disciplined. It’s believed that Lawrence was reliving his physical and emotional trauma through the whippings, either consciously or unconsciously.

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Guilty of: Sadism, masochism 

Who’s this guy?

An Australian. One of the all-time greatest composers of the 20th century.

What’s his story?
Grainger believed in sado-masochism. He thought that his creativity was tied to his sexual drive, and that flagellation activated both. It is believed that this was due to his father’s frequent beatings of his mother. Grainger would often have his wife whip him, and recorded his activity with detailed notes and photos, sometimes aided by nearby mirrors. This obsession started when he was 16.

He tried out lots of different types of whips, 83 of which he donated to a museum. They included whips made from conductors’ batons along with a pair of blood-soaked shorts.

It’s quite fortunate that he didn’t have children, or he would have had a great time punishing them. “I long to flog children,” wrote Grainger. “It must be wonderful to hurt their soft, unspoiled skin.” Just the opposite of Zheng Banqiao.

Yuan Mei
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Guilty of: Lots of affairs with both sexes, possibly pedophilia

Who’s this guy?
One of the most renowned poets of the Qianlong era. Yuan Mei is said to be the most perverted person in the history of China’s literati, and that’s talking about a >2500-year-old (and counting) history.

What’s his story?
Yuan Mei was a bisexual. He had affairs with a bunch of concubines (two Taos, a Fang, a Lu, a Jin…), several female students, as well as men (a Li, a Zhuang, a Gui, a Cao Yutian, a Wu, a Lu…). His favorite, a guy called Jin Feng, followed him everywhere. If that’s bad, hear this: at the age of 70, he allegedly shared a bed with a small girl who admired him.

Fellow poet Zhao Yi said Yuan was “gentle” to both men and women. Zhao went on to predict that, in order to pay off his “debts,” Yuan would become a butterfly or bee in his coming life at worst, or a monkey at best. Contemporary historian Zhang Xuecheng wrote five essays to condemn Yuan. “This scum of a man should be executed by lingchi (slow slicing),” Zhang wrote. Politician Liu Yong got so tired of his scandals that he nearly cut off his head. Talk about notoriety.



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Guilty of: Lots of affairs, collection of… hair

Who’s this guy?
One of the prominent Anglophone literary figures of the early 19th century. A national hero of the Greeks for fighting against the Ottoman Empire.

What’s his story?
Another bisexual poet who fell constantly in love.

Byron was sent to Harrow in 1801. During his time there, Lord Byron fell in love with Mary Chaworth, “the first object of his adult sexual feelings.” He also developed several close friendships with his fellow students. In one poem, he wrote, “Ah! Sure some stronger impulse vibrates here,/ Which whispers friendship will be doubly dear/ To one, who thus for kindred hearts must roam,/ And seek abroad, the love denied at home.” One of his best friends was John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare. According to Byron himself, he “could never hear the word ‘Clare'” without “a murmur of the heart.”

Then, at Trinity College, he had another friend, John Edleston, who, in Byron’s own words, “has been my almost constant associate since October, 1805, when I entered Trinity College. His voice first attracted my attention, his countenance fixed it, and his manners attached me to him for ever.” Later in his life, he described the episode as “a violent, though pure love and passion.” 

He was a man of many women. In 1812, he went on to love Lady Caroline Lamb, a woman who happened to be married. Lamb described Byron as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” After their breakup, Lamb continued to pursue (stalk) Byron, and even dressed up as a page boy to get to his house. By then, Byron was already interested in other women, including Jane Elizabeth Scott, Anne Isabella Milbanke (whom he married)… and his half-sister Augusta.

Augusta’s marriage with her cousin George Leigh was an unhappy one. From 1804 onwards, Augusta wrote to her half-brother regularly and became his confidante. The two were said to be in love and, according to some (including jealous Lamb), had an affair. It is said that this is the reason why Byron went abroad (and then had an affair with Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley’s stepsister).

In Venice, Byron fell in love with Marianna Segati and Margarita Cogni. Both were married. The latter separated with her husband to live with Byron. However, their relationships ended, and Byron often spent the night in his gondola. Cogni jumped into the Venetian canal after Byron told her to get lost. He eventually married a young woman called Teresa Guiccioli.

Warning: Prepare a platic bag now as you may feel the need to throw up. If you don’t have any handy, don’t read this paragraph. Apart from having a good many affairs, Byron even collected the hair of the women with whom he had an affair. He stuffed the hair in envelopes and kept them at his publishing house. When I said “hair,” I didn’t mean the hair on their heads… you can figure out what type of hair I mean.

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Guilty of: Nude swim parties, lots of affairs (including with questionable girlfriends)

Who’s this guy?
The guy you met in history class when you were learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, what you’ve read about JFK in history books may not be the whole story.

What’s his story?
JFK reportedly loved swimming to soothe his aching back. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh thinks otherwise. According to Hersh, JFK enjoyed having nude swim parties with women in the White House swimming pool, including with two of his assistants, Fiddle and Faddle. Secret Service officers closely guarded the pool and the secret within. Once, Jackie decided to go for a dive in the pool, and the three had to duck for cover.

Other claims by Hersh include mob ties through a common girlfriend, extra-marital affairs, narcotics use, and a previous, non-terminated marriage (pretty much everything you don’t want from a politician).

Were the stories true? Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr says Hersh is “the most gullible investigative reporter I’ve ever encountered.” Perhaps Hersh did rely on a fair bit of hearsay, but he based his views on interviews with Secret Service officers and related persons.

If you think those claims are far-fetched, just wait till you read the websites that say he was the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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Guilty of: Masturbation addiction, talking to prostitutes

Who’s this guy?
The guy who wrote all many of your favorite fairy tales as a child, including The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid.

What’s his story?
Although a celibate, he also enjoyed masturbating like there’s no tomorrow. Every day, he would do his daily act of self-pollution, then mark it in his diary with two crosses (++), e.g. “When they left, I had a double-sensuous ++.” In Paris, he would often visit prostitutes to talk to them (but not to touch them). Then he would return to his hotel room to do his dirty work.

He also had crushes on both men and women. He would often write open love letters to young men he liked. More occasionally, he would write love letters to women that he knew would for sure turn him down. The Little Mermaid was based on his experience with one man who eventually married.

Mind you, this guy’s life was far from a happy one. Being an ugly child, The Ugly Duckling was actually based on his own gloomy childhood. His family was poor, even poorer than his friend Charles Dickens’s. When his mother made him work at the local mill, the other workers stripped him to ”If I were a boy or a girl.” Ouch.

Nearly Made the List
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Some great people had some sex scandals but don’t exactly fall into the category of pervert, or there may be insufficient evidence of their perversion. Their names are kept here.

Franklin D. Roosevelt slept with a mistress during the Second World War.

Emile Zola led a degenerate life and had affairs with many women.

Su Shi, one of the most celebrated poets of the Song Dynasty in China, fell in love with a 12-year-old girl. He had her as a concubine once she turned 14.

Elvis Presly allegedly had affairs with 14-year-old girls.

Thomas Jefferson allegedly had an affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky allegedly fell in love with 12-year-old Aleksey Sofronov, his student, Vladimir Shilovsky, as well as his own nephew Vladimir Davydov, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote a symphony.

Bai Juyi, a celebrated Tang poet, fell in love with a 19-year-old sexual worker.

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Guilty of: Foot fetish (feetish?), lots of affairs

Who’s this guy?
One of the most famous American authors. Wrote The Great Gatsby.

What’s his story?
Scott had a foot fetish. However, that was nothing compared to his notorious womanizing.

Scott is said to have attributed his success to his wife Zelda’s private parts. He also drank a lot – and I mean a LOT – and slept with many other women, including the wealthy lady Beatrice Dance. Eventually, Zelda got tired of it and had an affair with a French aviator. Scott didn’t care at first, but soon enough, Zelda wanted to leave him. What did Scott do? He locked her in their house for a month to make her break up with the lieutenant. Scott later boasted to a mistress that he won a duel in the process. He later claimed he had orchestrated the affair to base a fictional character on his wife’s suffering.

Afterwards, the two engaged in more affairs, and the marriage was pretty much broken. Then, Zelda went mad, had various suicide attempts, and went to an insane asylum. Their disastrous marriage was reflected in Zelda’s novel Save Me the Waltz. Scott was furious, not for exposing his womanizing, but for stealing material that he wanted to use in his novel Tender Is the Night.

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Guilty of: Lots of affairs, including with a young Japanese girl 

Who’s this guy?

If you don’t know him, you should. He’s the founder of the ROC (Republic of China). Worshipped as god throughout China, whether in the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau.

What’s his story?
At the age of 19, he married 18-year-old Lu Muzhen. It was an arranged marriage, and Lu was precisely the old-fashioned but not-very-well-educated type that Sun didn’t like. At the age of 24, Sun fell in love with his secretary Chen Cuifen, also 18 at the time. Chen was an awesome woman who actively participated in the revolution. Fortunately for Sun, Lu didn’t mind Sun having a few more concubines in the house. Sun didn’t like that, though. He insisted on divorce.

Did that satisfy Sun? Apparently not. Right after the First Sino-Japanese War, he met a 10-year-old Japanese girl called Kaoru Otsuki. Then in 1900, he had an affair with *yet* another girl called Haru Asada, whom he’d met three years earlier. Then in 1902, Sun asked Otsuki’s father to accept his proposal. Otsuki’s father declined. Eventually, he married Otsuki, 16, in 1904… then forgot about her after leaving Japan three months later. They had one child.

In 1915, he eventually got the divorce he wanted and married Song Qingling (Soong Ching-ling), the youngest of his lovers. Sun was 49 and Song was 22.

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Guilty of: Lots of affairs, explicit content in sci-fi

Who’s this guy?
One of the two pioneers of the science fiction genre, along with Jules Verne.

What’s his story?
HG Wells’s first marriage with his cousin did not turn out well. He remarried in 1895 to his student, Amy Catherine Robbins. That wasn’t quite enough for Wells, though. He had affairs with – Margaret Sanger, Amber Reeves, Rebecca West, and Elizabeth von Arnim. Although Amy (known as Jane) was faithful, she agreed to let her husband love other women until her death in 1927. Wells also had illegitimate children with Reeves and West, whom he supported despite encouraging their mothers to marry other men.

“The desire for sex… needs to be constantly satisfied,” wrote Wells. Excellent excuse, Herbert. The desire for shoplifting needs to be constantly satisfied, too. Now go and steal! 

A guy named David Lodge even wrote an entire novel about Wells’s affairs. According to the book, Wells managed to have nearly 200 affairs. Another author named Andrea Lynn wrote a book entitled  Shadow Lovers: The Last Affairs of H.G. Wells after six years of research.

Still, he was brave to admit his wrongdoings. He wrote H.G. Wells in Love: Postscript to an Experiment in Autobiography, which went into detail about his secrets. In compliance with his wishes, it was not revealed until 1984, when the last woman, West, was dead. “I have done what I pleased, so that every bit of sexual impulse in me has expressed itself. This is my intimate diary and the story of my amatory life.”

3 replies on “13 Great People Who Were Also Perverts”

Intelligence is associated with open mindedness and being wealthy sometimes means you don’t care who knows.

Money and fame not only gets one what they want, it also covers up what they got….for a short time..

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