The Season three premiere episode of “Scandalous” aired Sunday and featured a glance into the media frenzy that occurred in 1991 when a distinguished Kennedy member of the family was accused of rape.
On March 30, 1991, a 29-year-old Florida girl named Patricia Bowman accused William Kennedy Smith of raping her on the Kennedy household compound in West Palm Seaside, Fla.
What adopted after was a media frenzy made for tv.
“Clearly I am very unhappy in regards to the occasions at present, I am frightened about my household, clearly my future and my mates,” Smith advised reporters in 1991 after being charged.
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Smith confronted as much as 4 and half years in jail, and was aided by a high-powered authorized group.
The protection included particulars that Bowman used cocaine and had three abortions.
“I don’t assume a previous abortion ought to ever be utilized by a protection lawyer to query the credibility of a witness as a result of it is imprejudicial,” lawyer Alan Dershowitz stated within the documentary.
The prosecution introduced up previous accusations of sexual assaults involving Smith.
“The prosecutor is hoping these witnesses can testify in opposition to Smith at his trial to show he has a historical past of violent assaults on ladies, however she did not need to launch these paperwork to the general public,” reporter Rick Leventhal stated in overlaying the trial. “And a few attorneys say she’s solely making an attempt to sway opinion in opposition to Smith.”
The trial lasted 10 days. Smith was discovered not responsible.
Half two of “Scandalous” airs Sunday at eight p.m. ET.