William Kennedy Smith
William Kennedy Smith
Dr. William Kennedy Smith
|Commissioner of the D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission|
from district 2A04
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2015
|Preceded by||Armando Irizarry|
|Born||September 4, 1960|
Brighton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Anne Henry (m. 2011)
|Parents||Stephen Edward Smith|
Jean Ann Kennedy
|Education||Duke University |
M.D. (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of landmine victims. He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a well-publicized 1991 rape trial in which he was acquitted.
Early life, family, and education
William Kennedy Smith is the son of Stephen Edward Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith. His mother is the youngest daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. He is a nephew of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy, the biological brother of Stephen Edward Smith, Jr., and the brother of adopted sisters Kym and Amanda Smith.
Smith attended boarding school at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University; completed premedical postbaccalaureate studies at Bryn Mawr College; and, in 1991, received his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
1991 sexual assault charge
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 Patricia Bowman, 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 civil action
In 2004, a former employee of the Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR) 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". Smith then resigned from the CIR to fight the lawsuit. On January 5, 2005, the court dismissed the employee's lawsuit.
Career and community involvement
Smith is the founder of Physicians Against Land Mines, a Chicago-based organization that advocates for an end to the use of land mines and assists persons injured by land mines. He also founded the Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR) in 1996. As of 2001, Smith was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University Medical School and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Smith considered running for Congress in the 2002 elections in Illinois, but decided against it.
As of 2011, Smith worked at MedRed, a Washington-based medical communications technology firm.
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