Robert F. Kennedy Jr's wife threatened suicide in front of kids
|Posted online: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 5:11:23 PM|
New York, June 11 : 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."