The lawyer for Douglas Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's son, who is facing charges after fighting with nurses at a suburban New York hospital on Jan. 7, described the allegations against his client as a “money grab.”
Kennedy reportedly removed the GPS bracelet from his child and was trying to carry his newborn son, Boru, out of the maternity ward when two nurses tried to stop him, according to the NY Daily News.
Nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital said he wasn't allowed to take the baby from the ward.
When they tried to stop him, they say, Kennedy argued with them while holding the baby and then became violent, allegedly twisting one nurse's arm and kicking another in the pelvis.
He and his wife call the allegations "absurd."
However, Steve Luciano, husband of one of the nurses, Cari Luciano, who made the allegation, told the Daily News that Kennedy kicked his wife in the pelvis when she and a fellow nurse Anna Lane tried to stop Kennedy leaving with the baby.
“My wife was assisting Anna to simply encourage Mr. Kennedy to place the child back into its bassinet,” Luciano said. “It appears on camera that they stumbled into the stairwell and then he veered back and kicked Cari and she went sprawling to the floor.”
“We’re looking forward to having a full picture of the events that occurred that night come to light,” A Kennedy family spokesman Stefan Friedman said on Saturday.
A medical doctor and friend of Kennedy, Timothy Haydock, witnessed the incident and said in a statement that the nurses were the aggressors.
Luciano said the claim was absurd and that Kennedy began the incident by taking off the GPS..
“My understanding is that Mr. Kennedy took it off and said something like, ‘My son needs to get fresh air,'" Luciano said. “From my perspective, the doctor assumed that between your name [Kennedy] and my status, what rules apply?”
“I don’t think that anybody, even a Kennedy, should go around kicking hospital personnel and believe there are no ramifications,” he said, stating that a civil suit was a possibility.
Kennedy, a reporter for Fox News and the 10th child of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, was arraigned Thursday on child endangerment and other charges.