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Doctor: Woman in Pain Nearly One Week After Alleged Rape

June 21, 1991

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The woman who says William Kennedy Smith raped her was suffering increased physical pain and ″generalized anxiety″ nearly a week after the alleged assault, a newly released report from her doctor says.

″Apparently she was in shock when initially seen at Humana Hospital″ on March 30, the day of the alleged rape, wrote Dr. Barry Lotman of the nearby town of Jupiter. ″As the shock began to wear off, she noted multiple complaints.″

The 29-year-old Jupiter woman went to Lotman, her personal physician, on April 5. He said she reported initial pain in the lower back and right buttock and later pain in her rib cage and shoulder.

His examination indicated tenderness or pain in her rib cage, left shoulder, right arm and pubic bone, Lotman wrote. She also suffered spasms in her neck and ″a poorly controlled tremor″ in her right arm, Lotman wrote.

X-rays indicated no bone damage, but Lotman put the woman on Voltaren, an anti-pain medicine, as well as the anti-anxiety drug Librium, he wrote.

He indicated the prescriptions were intended ″to help her with generalized anxiety.″

Lotman’s reports were among 289 pages of investigative files made public Thursday. They included an April 30 sworn statement by a friend of the alleged victim who came to the Kennedy family estate to pick her up after the alleged rape.

The friend, Chuck Desiderio, gave the statement after being assured by State Attorney David Bludworth it couldn’t be used against him in any prosecution for taking an antique urn from the Kennedy estate, the file shows.

Smith, 30-year-old nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., faces Aug. 5 trial on charges of second-degree sexual battery and misdemeanor battery. He has pleaded innocent.

Desiderio said his girlfriend, Anne Mercer, was called by the woman at about 3:45 a.m. March 30. They went to the Kennedy family estate and found the woman ″hysterical,″ he said.

″I would imagine it would be very difficult for a girl to act that way unless she was an incredible actress,″ said Desiderio, who said that he has been acquainted with the woman for seven to eight years.

He said he never met Smith, and saw only ″a silhouette″ inside the dark Kennedy house.

Desiderio said he took an urn from the Kennedy estate only because he thought the alleged victim, who took photos and a writing pad from the home, wanted to take items to prove that she had been in the house.

Prosecutors gave no reason why it took several weeks to release Desiderio’s statement, which had been requested under Florida public disclosure laws by The Associated Press and other news organizations.

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