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Paul McCartney reveals he and John Lennon once participated in a five-man circle jerk

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In a new interview, Paul McCartney reveals he and Beatles bandmate John Lennon masturbated together on at least one occasion.

Talking to GQ, the 76-year-old says the joint jerk happened one night before the Beatles were famous when he was hanging out at John’s house with a few other of John’s friends. “And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying — I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything — we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did,” he tells the magazine.

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Periodically, the lads would shout out the name of someone from their mental spank bank. “We were just, ‘Brigitte Bardot!’ ‘Whoo!’ And then everyone would thrash a bit more,” the musician explains.

Before long, however, a certain someone trolled the group. “I think it was John sort of said, ‘Winston Churchill!’” McCartney adds.

Even more titillating, the singer-songwriter isn’t quite sure it was a one-time thing. “Maybe it was like a two-off,” he says. “It wasn’t a big thing. But, you know, it was just the kind of thing you didn’t think much of. It was just a group. Yeah, it’s quite raunchy when you think about it … But it was good harmless fun. It didn’t hurt anyone.”

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Later in the interview, McCartney describes other antics from the band’s early days — like when the Fab Four laid on top of one another in a “Beatles sandwich” to stay warm in an unheated van, or when the bandmates cheered on as a 17-year-old George Harrison lost his virginity.

“Some of [the stories], they’re just so outrageous, you think: ‘Was that really true?’ But I try my best to do the true ones.”