Fact Check

Did Neil Patrick Harris Claim He Had Affair With Bernie Sanders in 1989?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Oct. 28, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during the 13th Annual Golden Heart Awards at Cipriani South Street on October 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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U.S. actor Neil Patrick Harris claimed that he had an affair with Bernie Sanders in 1989.

On May 1, 2019, LampoonTribune.com published an article positing that actor Neil Patrick Harris claimed to have had an affair with 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:

Neil Patrick Harris: “I had an affair with Bernie Sanders in 1989”.

Reporters were left puzzled yesterday after the actor Neil Patrick Harris went off the script on the set of ‘A Series of An Unfortunate Events’ while giving an interview, spiraling into some sort of politically charged rant against one political candidate...

..."I was 16, and I had no idea what he was really up to. 16! I won’t go into any more detail, only that there were lots of pills and imported Russian Vodka involved. Bernie Sanders created and propelled my life of Drugs and Gay sex."

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

The Lampoon Tribune assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles (except celebrities) in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

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LampoonTribune.com.   "Neil Patrick Harris: “I Had An Affair with Bernie Sanders in 1989."     1 May 2019.