The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. continues to make headlines a month after her death.
Mary Kennedy, 52, killed herself in May at the family’s Bedford, New York estate. Now come revelations that she allegedly abused RFK’s kids from his first marriage.
As the Huffington Post reports, in divorce papers filed two years ago Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed Mary stole items from his young daughter, showed up uninvited on trips he took after they separated and sometimes calling him dozens of times a day.
The couple met when Mary became friends with Robert Kennedy’s sister Kerry in the seventies. They married in 1994 and had four children together. He filed for divorce two years ago and the case was pending when she died.
The legal filing containing the allegations against Mary was revealed yesterday. In the papers he described Mary 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 changed afterward.
Among the accusations revealed, “Mary began to be abusive toward both my children and particularly hateful toward” his daughter, he said. Here’s what Huffington Post reports:
Its contents convey years of strain in the Kennedys’ relationship. Among them, Kennedy recounted instances around 1997 of taking his daughter from his first marriage, then 9, to the airport at the end of weekend visits. She’d continually lose things like her wallet or plane ticket, and he chided her for it. He said his teary-eyed daughter told him that his second wife was taking the items and when he tried to convince her otherwise, “She looked me in the eye and said, `No, Daddy, Mary hates me.’”
He said he found the items weeks later, hidden in a drawer under his wife’s clothes.
The filing also shows Robert Kennedy wanted the court to stop Mary from drinking in front of their children, talking about their marriage in front of the children, threatening suicide in front of the children, physically attacking him, stealing his possessions and stalking him at his home and on trips.
Kennedy said he didn’t initially know of the treatment, but three years after they married it triggered his first attempt at divorce. What do you think? Are you buying RFK’s story or do you think it’s typical Kennedy spin to destroy anyone who threatens the family legacy?
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