William Kennedy Smith Biography
William Kennedy Smith is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of landmine victims.
William is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a well-publicized 1991 rape trial in which he was acquitted.
William was born in Brighton, Massachusetts and he spent the first years of his life in Washington D.C., while his father worked at the Pentagon during the Kennedy Administration. The family later returned to New York, where William spent most of his childhood.
He attended boarding school at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He later completed premedical postbaccalaureate studies at Bryn Mawr College; and, in 1991, received his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
William Kennedy Smith Age
William is 58 years old as of 2018. He was born on September 4, 1960.
William Kennedy Smith Wife | William Kennedy Smith Anne Henry
William is married to Anne Henry, an arts fundraising consultant. The couple got married on May 12, 2011, at Tilghman Island, Maryland. They have two children; India born in 2012 and Stephen born in 2013.
William Kennedy Sexual Assault Charge
In a trial that attracted extensive media coverage, in 1991, William was tried and acquitted on a charge of rape, represented by Miami-based criminal defense attorney Roy Black.
The incident began on the evening March 29, 1991, on Good Friday, when William who was 30 years old then, was in a bar named Au Bar in Palm Beach, Florida, with his uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, and his cousin Patrick J. Kennedy.
William met a 29-year-old woman named Patricia Bowman, and another woman at the bar. The five of them later went to a nearby house owned by the Kennedy family and William and the 29-year-old woman walked along the beach.
The 29-year-old woman alleged that William had raped her while William testified that they had consensual sex. And although three other women were willing to testify that William had sexually assaulted them in incidents in the 1980s that were not reported to the police, their testimony was excluded. William was acquitted of all charges.
William Kennedy Smith Net Worth
William has a net worth of around $100 million.
William Kennedy Smith ANC
William was in 2014 elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Washington D.C.
William Kennedy Smith Wedding
William Kennedy Smith News
The Season 3 premiere episode of “Scandalous” aired Sunday and featured a look into the media frenzy that occurred in 1991 when a prominent Kennedy family member was accused of rape.
On March 30, 1991, a 29-year-old Florida woman named Patricia Bowman accused William Kennedy Smith of raping her at the Kennedy family compound in West Palm Beach, Fla.
What followed after was a media frenzy made for television.
“Obviously I’m very sad about the events today, I’m worried about my family, obviously my future and my friends,” Smith told reporters in 1991 after being charged.
Smith faced up to four and half years in prison and was aided by a high-powered legal team.
The defense included details that Bowman used cocaine and had three abortions.
“I do not think a prior abortion should ever be used by a defense attorney to question the credibility of a witness because it’s imprejudicial,” attorney Alan Dershowitz said in the documentary.
The prosecution brought up past accusations of sexual attacks involving Smith.
“The prosecutor is hoping these witnesses can testify against Smith at his trial to prove he has a history of violent attacks on women, but she didn’t have to release these documents to the public,” reporter Rick Leventhal said in covering the trial. “And some attorneys say she’s only trying to sway opinion against Smith.”
The trial lasted 10 days. Smith was found not guilty.
Part two of “Scandalous” airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
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