Sunday 19 November 2017

Wife would attack me as I slept, claims Kennedy Jr

Robert and Mary Kennedy with their children in New York, in this picture taken in
November, 2008
Robert and Mary Kennedy with their children in New York, in this picture taken in November, 2008
Robert Kennedy Jr., his wife Mary and their children in 2008. Photo: Reuters

Mark Hughes in New York

NEW details of Mary Kennedy's turbulent relationship with her husband Robert F Kennedy Jr were revealed in a legal affidavit documenting the breakdown of their marriage yesterday.

The affidavit, written by Mr Kennedy as part of divorce proceedings he initiated last year, claimed that Mrs Kennedy assaulted him in front of their children, stole from his daughter and repeatedly threatened to kill herself if he left her.

Mrs Kennedy committed suicide, hanging herself in an outhouse of her home in upstate New York last month. It was later revealed that she had struggled with mental illness and depression.

Yesterday, 'Newsweek' published excerpts from the affidavit, which was filed with a court in September last year.

Its contents were disputed by Mrs Kennedy's family, who claimed it was "scurrilous" and full of "vindictive lies" that Mr Kennedy used as "a brutal psychological weapon in the divorce case".

In the affidavit, Mr Kennedy wrote that his wife's "violence and physical abuse" began "before we were married".

In one incident, he said she "hit me in the face with her fist" during an argument over his friendship with his first wife, Emily. He wrote: "She was a trained boxer and I got a shiner. Her engagement ring crushed my tear duct causing permanent damage." He described another incident alleging that she attacked him in front of Aidan, their 10-year-old son.

Mr Kennedy said he would sometimes wake in the night to find his wife beating him, and she once attacked him with a pair of scissors while he was in the bath.

He also claimed that she stole belongings from Kick, his daughter from his previous marriage.

The couple married in 1994 and had four children together.

Portions of a confidential affidavit filed in 2011 in the divorce case were posted online by 'The Daily Beast' as part of a cover story in 'Newsweek' about Mary Kennedy, which was written by Kennedy family biographer Laurence Leamer.

In the filing, Mr Kennedy also asked the court to stop Mary from a list of behaviours, including physical attacks on him, stealing his possessions, going to his house, and following him on trips she was not invited on.

He also asked that she be required to remain sober in front of their children, and stopped from talking about their marriage to the children, or threatening suicide in front of them.


In the affidavit, Mr Kennedy described knowing Mary since 1975, after she became best friends as a teenager with his sister Kerry. He described her as "kind, generous" and "stunningly beautiful". He said he "fell deeply in love with her" and that she had a good relationship with his first two children before the couple married but that changed afterwards.

"Mary began to be abusive toward both my children and particularly hateful toward" his daughter, he said.

Mr Kennedy said he didn't initially know of the treatment, but three years after they married it triggered his first attempt at divorce.

Mr Kennedy said he needed the court to grant his protective order and make Mary Kennedy sign a child custody agreement "for the sake of my children and for my own safety and sanity". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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