London, Jan 9 (ANI): Late British playwright Harold Pinter was seeing someone else when he was having an affair with Dame Joan Bakewell, it has emerged.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a beautiful New York socialite, who has now broken her 40-year silence, has confirmed that she and Pinter had been lovers "for many years".
Pinter had revealed his affair with Bakewell to his biographer more than a decade ago, but he never revealed about the affair he had with Barbara Stanton.
Stanton has now come forward to reveal the "long, involved" relationship she had with the Nobel laureate, whom she met when he was directing a play on Broadway.
She also revealed how she became pregnant by him before he arranged for her to fly to London for a termination.
"It wasn't a momentary thing between him and me. It went on for many, many years. It was a long involved thing," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
"Harold was not just a wonderful writer, but a wonderful human being.
"He was one of the best, a very generous, wonderful man," she said.
Stanton, 77, had made veiled references to the relationship in an autobiography, Hard Candy, published 20 years ago, in which she described bedding an English playwright called "Harry".
"I disguised his identity because he was married at the time [to the actress Vivien Merchant]," she said.
"Harold said I should have referred to him as a publisher as he said that way he could have given my book a review," she stated.
Stanton did not specify when the affair ended, and did not elaborate when asked if it continued after Pinter met his second wife, Lady Antonia Fraser.
"It was softened. Ours was a great, dear friendship and that went on for a long time," she added. (ANI)