- RFK Jr. and wife Mary Richardson Kennedy in Dec. 2008
RFK JR.’S WIFE BUSTED FOR DWI
BEDFORD, NY — The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was
ordered to surrender her driver’s license and
undergo an evaluation to determine if she needs
treatment for alcohol after she pleaded not guilty
Thursday to drunken driving.
Mary Richardson Kennedy, 50, smiled nervously
during the court proceeding, saying only “yes” when
Justice Kevin Quaranta asked if she understood the
“This is going to be treated like any other case, ”
Kennedy refused to answer questions outside the
courthouse before she was driven away in a black
“We hope there will be a resolution of this case at
the next court appearance,” said her attorney, Kerry
Kennedy’s husband, a leading environmental
activist, did not accompany her.
She is due in court July 15.
Mary Kennedy leaving court on May 27, 2010 (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)
Kennedy was arrested about 9 p.m. May 15 outside
St. Patrick’s School on a charge of driving while
intoxicated. She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11
percent, police said. The state’s legal limit is 0.08
percent for DWI.
Police said she steered her 2004 Volvo station
wagon over a curb as she drove up to an annual
carnival at the school.
Just two days earlier, Robert Kennedy drove the
couple’s children to the carnival after an argument
with his wife, according to Bedford police records
obtained this week under the state Freedom of
“Mr. Kennedy stated that his wife was intoxicated
and was acting irrational, so he took the children to
the carnival to remove them from the situation,”
Police Officer David Novick wrote in a state domestic
incident report filed after a 911 hang-up call from
the Kennedy home.
The incidents were the latest in a series of domestic
disturbances at the South Bedford Road estate,
police records show.
- Mary’s mugshot, May 15, 2010
On May 10, police received a 911 call from Mary
Kennedy at 5:55 p.m. in which she “reports a
dispute between her husband and her children,”
“Mrs. Kennedy was wearing a white bathrobe and
was barefoot,” Bedford officers wrote in a report.
“Mrs. Kennedy was visibly intoxicated and had great
difficulty collecting her thoughts and articulating
her reasons for calling 911 for assistance .”
“During the interviews, Mary Kennedy repeatedly
stated that she has ongoing issues with her
husband Robert, referring to him as verbally
abusive to herself and her children,” the report said.
Less than an hour after officers left the home, police
said Mary Kennedy called 911 three times within 10
minutes, but the officers “stated they had difficulty
There were also two incidents involving the
Kennedys in 2007 — one in Bedford and one in
neighboring Mount Kisco.
On March 17, 2007, St. Patrick’s Day, Bedford police
were called to the Kennedy home at 9:51 p.m., the
“Responded to the Kennedy residence for a report
from Mr. Kennedy that his wife might be trying to
hurt herself,” police said.
Officers arrived to find Mary Kennedy, her sister and
her sister-in-law in the home.
“Spoke to all the parties and it was determined that
their (sic) must have been a (sic) error in
communication between Mr. Kennedy and his wife,”
the police report said.
On Sept. 4, 2007, Mount Kisco police reported a
disturbance between the Kennedys outside Northern
Westchester Hospital Center. According to an
incident report, Robert Kennedy took his wife to the
hospital to see a psychologist because he was
concerned about her mental state.
Mary Kennedy ran into the roadway and had to be
restrained by her husband “to keep her from hurting
herself,” the police report said. He summoned a
motorist to call police and later agreed to drive her
In two earlier encounters with the Kennedys,
Bedford police said they received a 911 call from the
couple’s home on May 12, 2004.
When officers arrived, the nanny told them that one
of the Kennedy children accidentally dialed 911.
On April 22, 2003, Mary Kennedy told police that
her son had mistakenly dialed 911.