Douglas Kennedy is suing two nurses after allegedly assaulting them. The 10th child of the late Robert F. Kennedy was involved in an altercation with two maternity nurses a year ago after his son was born. The two employees at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco stopped the new father as he attempted to take his newborn son onto an elevator. He said he was taking the child, his fourth, outside for fresh air. A shocking video shows the physical altercation between Kennedy and the two nurses as he held the infant in his arms near the hospital elevator.
Maternity ward nurse Cari Luciano said he kicked her in the groin during the incident, and Anna Lane said he twisted her arm. Kennedy was acquitted of the criminal charges of physical harassment and child endangerment stemming from the incident after a judge ruled that the nurses, not Kennedy, were the ones who posed a danger to the infant, according to a Jan. 8, 2013 report by Yahoo! News.
Following his acquittal, the nurses sued 45-year-old Kennedy for $200,000 "alleging negligence, assault and battery, and causing them emotional and physical distress."
Now, Douglas Kennedy, who is a journalist, has filed a lawsuit of his own against the two women seeking unspecified damages and claiming defamation and malicious prosecution in response to statements the nurses made to police and on public television when they appeared on "The Today Show." In addition, his wife, Molly Elizabeth Stark, blames the women for emotional distress and the hospital for custodial interference and breach of privacy.
Kennedy sued the nurses in White Plains on Friday.