Adultery

A cheat sheet for the news.
June 15 1997 3:30 AM

Adultery

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Suddenly, adultery is big news. But what exactly is adultery? Is it illegal?

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In case you have lost track of all the adultery stories in the news, here is the list:

Former football star Frank Gifford was photographed cuddling with a woman who was not his wife (talk-show host Kathy Lee Gifford). He later admitted to having an affair with the woman. Special angle: A tabloid paid her to seduce him.

Michael Kennedy, son of Robert, admitted to having an affair with his daughter's 14-year-old baby sitter.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers admitted to a 10-year extramarital affair. Special angle: When Bowers was attorney general, he prosecuted a gay man in what became a famous Supreme Court case (Bowers vs. Hardwick) upholding anti-sodomy laws.

Police found comedian Eddie Murphy, a married man, with a transvestite prostitute in his car.

The newly appointed president of ABC News, David Westin, acknowledged his affair with ABC public-relations executive Sherrie Rollins, wife of political consultant Ed Rollins.

A child-support suit was filed against Roger Clinton, the president's brother, because he conceived a child with a married woman in 1990.

The Air Force discharged pilot Kelly Flinn because she disobeyed orders to end her relationship with a married soccer coach.

Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, the Army's top enlisted soldier, was charged with adultery, as well as with sexually harassing four servicewomen.