December 20, 1991 |
A grand jury on Thursday declined to indict a Kennedy family friend who police claimed had misled them when they went to investigate rape allegations at the Kennedy estate. The grand jury, which heard secret testimony from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) last August, indicated that there was not enough evidence. "Without any new evidence coming forward, this case is over," State Atty. David Bludworth said. William Barry, a close friend and bodyguard for the late Sen. Robert F.
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December 18, 2000 |
Acrid fumes from a passenger's handbag on an overnight flight from Los Angeles sickened several people and led to its owner's arrest for possession of illegal narcotics. The American Airlines flight was halfway to New York early Sunday with 143 passengers and 11 crew members when the odor wafted through the coach cabin, causing a spate of coughing and burning eyes, said Alan Hicks, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
February 21, 1992 |
Desiree Washington, the woman whom Mike Tyson was convicted of raping, says she was offered $1 million to recant, according to a partial transcript of her first television interview. In an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News' "20/20," Washington said that the money was offered to her before the trial started Jan. 27. The interview will be aired tonight. "I said, 'No way.' I reported it to my lawyer, who took it to a higher authority, and it's being taken care of," she said.
December 25, 1991 |
Only eight-tenths of a rating point separated the three major networks in prime time last week, according to figures released Tuesday by A.C. Nielsen Co. CBS was first with a 12.8 rating, followed by ABC at 12.3 and NBC at 12. Each point is said to represent 921,000 homes. CBS continues to lead for the season as a whole. Bob Hope's holiday show on NBC was the highest rated special of the week, ranking 16th among the week's 95 prime-time programs.
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December 20, 1991
In William Kennedy Smith's nationally publicized rape trial, which last week ended in acquittal, the identity of his accuser was, for the most part, kept secret. TV broadcasts blocked out her face as she testified; most publications would not use her name or picture. This week her name and face have been widely publicized--now that she has decided to step forward and identify herself. She's the one who made the decision to become a publicly identified figure, and that's as it should be.
December 19, 1991 |
The woman who accused William Kennedy Smith of rape, and whose identity was withheld by most news organizations, has shed her anonymity with her decision to appear on ABC-TV's "PrimeTime Live," her lawyer said Wednesday. The woman, Patricia Bowman, will explain her decision in the interview with Diane Sawyer. It was recorded Tuesday and is scheduled for broadcast at 10 p.m. PST tonight. Bowman, 30, accused Smith of raping her on March 30 at his family's Palm Beach estate.