Robert F. Kennedy Jr. refuted allegations on Thursday that he had posted a comment on a TikTok video of an OnlyFans model in 2022, asserting that a campaign team member previously owned the account in question.
Kennedy addressed the issue on X (formerly Twitter), stating that the TikTok comment in question was made in 2022, before he had a TikTok account.
He clarified that the comment appeared on his account because the account was previously under the ownership of a young social media manager working for his campaign.
According to Kennedy, when he announced his presidential candidacy in April of the previous year, his campaign intended to livestream the event on TikTok.
However, TikTok’s policies restrict live streaming for accounts with fewer than 1,000 followers. To circumvent this limitation, the social media manager, who had around 1,500 followers, transferred the account to Kennedy to facilitate the announcement stream.
The controversy emerged when a user on X shared a screen recording on Wednesday, revealing Kennedy’s official account posting a comment consisting of “Wow” and heart-eyes emojis on a video posted by an OnlyFans model in the fall of 2022.
It’s worth noting that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is married to actress Cheryl Hines and has six children from previous marriages.
The son of Bobby Kennedy and the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. embarked on a presidential bid last spring, initially running as a Democrat.
However, in October, expressing dissatisfaction with partisan politics and criticizing what he deemed an unfair Democratic primary system, he switched to run independently.
His positions, particularly his skepticism of vaccines both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, have often put him at odds with the Democratic Party but garnered support from Republicans and independents.