July 13, 2010
Bobby Kennedy Jr. sues wife for divorce
Shawn Cohen and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
WHITE PLAINS — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed to divorce his wife of 16 years just three days before Mary Kennedy was charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by The Journal News.
The May 12 divorce filing also came a day before Bedford police responded to the Kennedy home for a “domestic incident” during which her husband alleged she was intoxicated, records show.
It was among several police visits to the Bedford estate in recent years, according to police incident reports.
Robert Kennedy, a prominent environmentalist at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, declined to comment this week.
“I’m not going to talk to you about my personal life,” he said Monday.
He is the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in California in 1968 during his run for president.
According to records on file with the Westchester County Clerk’s Office, the Kennedy family scion filed the papers on May 12.
On May 10, two days before the filing, Mary Kennedy called 911 herself, police said. Officers responding to the house reported she was “visibly intoxicated” and had “great difficulty collecting her thoughts and articulating her reasons for calling.” She told police her husband was “verbally abusive to herself and her children.”
On May 13, officers were summoned to the South Bedford Road home at 9:16 p.m. and filed a state domestic incident report before leaving.
On May 15, Mary Kennedy was stopped outside St. Patrick’s School on Greenwich Road near the couple’s home and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent at the time of her arrest. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
She was ordered to undergo evaluation for potential alcohol abuse and is due in Town Court on July 22.
Her lawyer in that case also declined comment on the divorce proceeding.
Details on the divorce filing, including grounds, were unavailable. New York state does not have a “no fault” divorce law, though it will go into effect in September.
The couple has four children.
This would be Kennedy’s second divorce. He was married to Emily Ruth Black. They divorced in 1994, a month before he married his current wife.