William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an Americanphysician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them. He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a well-publicized 1991 rape trial in which he was acquitted.
William Kennedy Smith is the second of four children of Stephen Edward Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith. His mother is a daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. He is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy. He is the natural brother of Stephen Edward Smith, Jr. and the brother of adopted sisters Kym and Amanda.
Smith married Anne Henry, who had worked in arts fund-raising, in May 2011 at Tilghman Island, Maryland. In May 2012, a baby girl was born to the couple; India Rose Smith.
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". and the CIR program Physicians Against Land Mines (PALM).
Sexual assault accusations
Mug shot of Smith taken after his arrest in 1991.
1991 rape charge
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.
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, SenatorTed Kennedy, and his cousin Patrick J. Kennedy. Smith met a 29-year-old woman and another young woman at the bar. The five then went to a nearby house owned by the Kennedy family. Smith and the 29-year-old woman walked along the beach. The woman alleged that Smith raped her; Smith testified that they had consensual sex. Although three women were willing to testify that Smith had sexually assaulted them in incidents in the 1980s that were not reported to the police, their testimony was excluded. Smith was acquitted of all charges.
2004 sexual assault civil charges
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. 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. On January 5, 2005, the court dismissed the employee's lawsuit.
Later in 2005, Smith settled with another employee over sexual harassment.
"William Kennedy Smith, M.D.: Board Member". US Internation Convention on Disabilities. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04.