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Florence Henderson: New York former mayor gave me crabs

Oh, the sixties
Oh, the sixties
The Brady Bunch

There is probably no sex scandal better than a Carol Brady scandal, so even though this is ancient history, it's still good fodder for conversation: Florence Henderson, best known as the matriarch of the Brady Bunch, announces in her memoir that she once had a one-night stand with the then-mayor of New York City, John Lindsay...who gave her crabs. A day at the races!

As Henderson tells it, one lonely night in Hollywood, she and Lindsay got wasted together at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and she let him go for it, despite the caveats that he was 1) married and 2) grossly unattractive to her. Hurray for the sexual freedom of the sixties!

The next morning, Henderson discovered she walked away with more than just inner shame: her bed and body were covered in 'little black things.'

"Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata. He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."

Lindsay has been dead since 2000, so don't look to him to refute the claim.


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