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Robert F. Kennedy Jr's wife threatened suicide in front of kids

New York, Mon, 11 Jun 2012 ANI
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New York, June 11 (ANI): A new 2011 affidavit has revealed that Mary Richardson drunkenly battered her husband, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., ran over his dog and repeatedly threatened to kill herself if he left her.

Kennedy Jr. had filled the affidavit to seek an order of protection from Mary.

He said that she abused his kids by his first wife, threatened to tell police that he beat her so as to "destroy" him, and he also confessed that he cheated on her to escape.

Mary hanged herself May 16 after googling how to make a noose.

She was apparently distraught at the possibility of losing the custody of their four kids.

The 60-page sealed affidavit filed by RFK Jr. last Sept. 16 in Westchester Supreme Court had urged for an order of protection "for the sake of my own safety and sanity."

The official declaration was obtained by Newsweek, which posted excerpts online to accompany a story by Lawrence Leamer, a longtime Kennedy chronicler who interviewed the couple's friends and Colombian housekeeper, bringing to light a tragic portrait of marital woe beneath the facade of Kennedy glamour.

The affidavit is contrary to the story told by Mary's siblings - that RFK Jr. drove her to drink and suicide by his constant philandering.

Instead, he blames her irrational and often violent behavior to make him cheat her.

The housekeeper, who was not named, recounted how Mary once threw a plate of spaghetti at RFK Jr. in front of the children, and went after him with scissors while he was taking a bath.

RFK Jr. said in the affidavit that Mary would sometimes start beating him in the middle of the night and that he even once jumped out a second-story window to save himself from her thrashing.

By the time Mary killed herself in their Westchester home, she was only allowed to see her kids during visits supervised by the housekeeper.

Mary's furious family has blasted the release of Kennedy Jr.'s "scurrilous" sealed affidavit, which they called "nothing more than a brutal psychological weapon in the divorce case."

"The affidavit, which Mary repudiated at the time, is full of vindictive lies," the New York Daily News quoted Richardson family as saying in a statement.

"This latest piling on is proof perfect of the unbelievable emotional and psychological abuse that Mary endured during the last years of her life, and now in death.

"Our hearts are breaking for what her children continue to witness. We hoped Mary could rest in peace. There will be a time and a place for the true facts to come out," the statement said.

RFK Jr., a prominent environmentalist, wrote in his affidavit of how he first fell for the tall, beautiful architect who was best friends with his sister, Kerry.

"Mary was a kind, generous person, open and considerate to and curious about all people from royalty to cab drivers. She was stunningly beautiful, with pitch-perfect taste, electric charm and a genius for friendship," he wrote.

"I loved the way she blossomed in crowds, the thirst for adventure that brought her alive during our frequent white water and wilderness camping trips," he wrote.

But he revealed he saw her violent side even before they were married, when Mary was pregnant with their first son, he said that she flew into a rage about his estranged first wife and punched him in the face.

"She was a trained boxer and I got a shiner. Her engagement ring crushed my tear duct causing permanent damage," he wrote.

In the filing, RFK Jr. asked court to stop Mary from physically attacking him, verbally abusing him, making unwanted visits to his house, following him on trips and stealing his possessions, including his phone, his passport and his medications.

He also asked that she be required to remain sober in front of their children - Conor, 17, Kyra, 16, Fin, 14, and Aidan, 10 - and stop threatening suicide in front of them.

In the affidavit, RFK Jr. also said that Mary suffered from borderline personality disorder. The leading expert on the disorder, Harvard psychiatrist John Gunderson, told Newsweek that he had agreed after meeting her.

RFK Jr.'s affidavit said that he first began thinking about divorce three years after their 1994 marriage.

He described his 9-year-old daughter from his first marriage, Kick, coming to him to say tearfully, "Daddy, I think Mary is stealing from me."

He said he told her, "Honey, don't say that, Mary loves you."

"No, Daddy, Mary hates me," she replied.

"A few weeks later, looking for something in Mary's bureau, I found a collection of Kick's lost items concealed beneath a layer of Mary's clothing. I began to see additional evidence of Mary's subtle but relentless campaign to make my children feel unwelcome in my home," he said.

He asked for a divorce, but she threatened suicide each time he brought it up, Kennedy Jr. wrote in the affidavit.

In 2003, he began cheating, starting with a three-year affair which he said he broke off after Mary made a half-hearted suicide attempt.

A series of shorter flings followed. Mary learned about some of the details and became increasingly upset, telling friends about his infidelity.

In the affidavit, RFK Jr. described in disturbing terms what happened on May 26, 2011, after he had moved out.

He said Mary ran over and killed the family dog, Porcia, in the driveway and told him to come spend the night to comfort the distraught children.

"She said she intended to kill herself unless I called off the divorce and unless I promised to recommit to the marriage," he wrote.

He said that he went to the house to find Mary drunk in her room.

"I opened the door and she leapt out of her bed and hit me with a roundhouse punch that, had I not blocked it, would have undoubtedly broken my face. (She) hit me again, raining blows down on me as I backed down the hall. She struck me maybe 30 more times or more," he wrote.

He said that she screamed to their crying youngest son, Aidan, "He is a demon. He is the most evil kind of man in the world. Everything he does is evil and a fraud. He is a philanderer, an adulterer, a sex addict."

"I backed down the back stairs blocking her blows - and dodged out the kitchen door. She pursued me, pummeling and pushing me with her fists all the way," he wrote. (ANI)

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