William Kennedy Smith

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William Kennedy Smith
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Dr. William Kennedy Smith
Born(1960-09-04) September 4, 1960 (age 52)
Brighton, Massachusetts, USA
EducationDuke University
M.D. (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Occupationphysician
ReligionRoman Catholic
ParentsStephen Edward Smith
Jean Ann Kennedy
 
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William Kennedy Smith
WKSmith.jpg
Dr. William Kennedy Smith
Born(1960-09-04) September 4, 1960 (age 52)
Brighton, Massachusetts, USA
EducationDuke University
M.D. (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Occupationphysician
ReligionRoman Catholic
ParentsStephen Edward Smith
Jean Ann Kennedy

William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them.[1] He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a well-publicized 1991 rape trial in which he was acquitted.

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Family [edit]

Smith is the younger son of Stephen Edward Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith. His older brother is Stephen Edward Smith, Jr. Jean is the youngest daughter of Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Stephen, Jr. and William are nephews of President John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy and Senators Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy and Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy. He is married to Anne Henry. In May 2012, a baby girl was born to the couple; India Rose Smith.[2]

Education and career [edit]

He attended boarding school at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut. He then went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Duke University, completed premedical postbaccalaureate studies at Bryn Mawr College, and his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.[3] He moved to Chicago and worked as a doctor, activist, and teaching physician at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He founded the Center for International Rehabilitation,(CIR) "a worldwide humanitarian network of individuals and organizations that promotes the full potential of people with disabilities....." [4] and the CIR program Physicians Against Land Mines (PALM).[5]

Sexual assault accusations and subsequent dismissal [edit]

Mug shot of Smith taken after his arrest in 1991.

1991 rape charge and acquittal [edit]

In 1991, Smith was tried and acquitted on a charge of rape, represented by Miami-based criminal defense attorney Roy Black in a trial that attracted extensive media coverage.[6]

The incident began on the evening of Good Friday, March 29, 1991, when Smith, then 30 years old, was in a bar (named Au Bar) in Palm Beach, Florida, with his uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, and his cousin Patrick J. Kennedy. Smith met a 29-year-old woman, Patricia Bowman[7] and another young woman at the bar. The five then went to a nearby house owned by the Kennedy family. Smith and 29-year-old Bowman walked along the beach. Bowman alleged that Smith raped her; Smith testified that the sex was consensual. Although three women were willing to testify that Smith had sexually assaulted them in incidents in the 1980s not reported to the police, their testimony was excluded.[8] Smith was acquitted of all charges.

2004 sexual assault civil charges dismissed [edit]

In 2004, a former employee of the Center for International Rehabilitation alleged that Smith had sexually assaulted her in 1999, and brought a civil action against him.[9] Smith denied her charges, calling them "outrageous" and saying that "family and personal history have made me unusually vulnerable to these kinds of charges" and resigned from the CIR.[10] On January 5, 2005, the court dismissed the employee's lawsuit.[11]

Later in 2005, Smith settled with another employee over sexual harassment.[12]

References [edit]

  1. ^ "William Kennedy Smith, M.D.: Board Member". U.S. Internation Convention on Disabilities. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.kennedy-web.com/lawfssm.htm
  3. ^ "William Kennedy Smith: Biography". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  4. ^ About the Center for International Rehabilitation
  5. ^ Physicians Against Land Mines
  6. ^ Margolick, David (12 December 1991). "Smith Acquitted of Rape Charge After Brief Deliberation by Jury". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Butterfield, Fox with Mary B. W. Tabor (17 April 1991). "Woman in Florida Rape Inquiry Fought Adversity and Sought Acceptance". The New York Times. p. 17. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  8. ^ David Margolick (1991-12-13). "Why Jury in Smith Case Never Heard From 3 Other Women". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Kennedy Smith Faces Assault Suit". Los Angeles Times. 2004-08-27. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. 
  10. ^ Francie Grace (2005-01-05). "Kennedy Smith Sex Case Dismissed: His Lawyer Says He's Been Vindicated After False Allegations". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. 
  11. ^ "Judge dismisses Kennedy Smith lawsuit: Former personal assistant had alleged he sexually assaulted her". MSNBC. 2005-01-04. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. 
  12. ^ William Kennedy Smith, Sleazeball | The Smoking Gun

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