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A former inmate who has previously asserted he was in a prison relationship with Aaron Hernandez is again speaking out in a new television special about his alleged relationship with the former NFL star.
Kyle Kennedy, who said he shared a cell with Hernandez at a Massachusetts prison claimed the former New England Patriots tight end was his "right-hand man" in prison.
“Things have been a little hard since Aaron killed himself, you know that was my right-hand man. We used to do everything together,” Kennedy said in the upcoming Reelz Channel special, "Aaron Hernandez: Jailhouse Lover Tells All," according to a full transcript of the interview obtained by Oxygen.com.
The interview was conducted by controversial tabloid journalist Dylan Howard, who previously used Kennedy as a main source for his 2019 book on Hernandez, according to the New York Post.
"We used to write letters back and forth to each other all day," Kennedy said in the interview.
Kennedy also claimed that Hernandez bragged about being responsible for a fourth killing that he was not charged for. The allegation was previously written about in Howard's book, according to NBC Sports.
"He used to tell me he had four murders," Kennedy said in the interview.
Hernandez died by suicide in prison in 2017. He'd been convicted in 2015 of murdering his friend Odin Lloyd two years earlier and was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Hernandez was also indicted in the 2012 double homicide of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, but was acquitted in that case days before he took his own life.
Kennedy has previously claimed he was involved in a relationship with Hernandez in prison. Hernandez's fiancée Shayanna Jenkins has said she'd never heard of Kennedy and denied they were in a relationship.
"I don't know who this Kyle Kennedy is, I've never heard of him honestly," Jenkins said in an interview with Dr. Phil, CBS Boston previously reported. "Aaron has never mentioned him. ... I think it's a crock of bull."
Likewise, Hernandez's defense team has denied that Hernandez wrote a suicide note for Kennedy before his death as Kennedy has previously contended, CBS News reported.
Rumors about Hernandez’s sexuality have continued to circulate after his suicide. In the Netflix docuseries "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez," the football player's former teammate Dennis SanSoucie asserted he was in a high school relationship with Hernandez.
And in Oxygen’s 2018 documentary special “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered,” Hernandez’s college girlfriend Alyssa Anderson told producers the two exchanged letters throughout his time behind bars. In one of his notes, Anderson claimed that Hernandez admitted to being in a relationship with an unidentified man.
Jenkins previously denied assertions that Hernandez was gay in her interview with Dr. Phil.
"I had no indication or any feeling that he was [gay]," Jenkins said, according to CNN. “I don’t know where this came from.”
Speaking on "Aaron Hernandez Uncovered," Jenkins said that when she discussed Hernandez's sexuality with his attorney, it was "very hard because I was confused. I still kind of am."
“When you feel like you’ve kind of had it all with that one individual, it’s just something that took years to build, and now it’s completely breaking down,” she said. “But I would not want him to go through anything by himself. I was the only thing that he had. Hurt or not — and I was hurt — I had to fight through it.”
The special airs July 5 on the Reelz Channel, which primarily airs documentaries on celebrity scandals.
To learn more about the Hernandez case, watch “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered” on Oxygen.
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