Rev. Jesse jackson

Behind the shocking allegations of the man who says JESSE JACKSON was his gay lover!

In a bombshell world exclusive ENQUIRER interview Jackson's former mistress – the mother of his love child – blasts the civil rights leader for keeping her in the dark about the new sex scandal charges!

The scandal was triggered when JIMMY BENNETT, who worked for Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition for more than two years, filed a complaint with Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations last year.

He alleged that Jackson, 69, harassed him and fired him for being a homosexual.

The openly gay Bennett is seeking $450,000 from Jackson, and says the preacher required him to escort women to the activist’s hotel room and then clean up after Jackson had sex with them.

He also claims Jackson demanded oral sex from him.

Karin Standford – mother of Jackson’s 11 year old daughter Ashley – told the ENQUIRER she was blindsided about these sensational new charges brought against Jackson.

"This IS a difficult time," she told The ENQUIRER exclusively

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