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Police seek reporter who allegedly chased Victoria Kennedy

April 30, 1997

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Police today were seeking a tabloid reporter after charges were filed accusing him of trying to force Michael Kennedy’s estranged wife to pull off a road so her picture could be taken.

Photographers have staked out the family’s home since authorities began investigating allegations that Kennedy, a son of slain Sen. Robert Kennedy, had an affair with the family’s underage baby sitter. His wife, Victoria Kennedy, 39, is seeking a divorce. She also has a famous father: sportscaster Frank Gifford.

Police said they were looking for Martin Gould, who identified himself during a speeding stop Tuesday as an employee of the Star Magazine. Telephone calls to editors at the publication’s Tarrytown, N.Y., headquarters were not immediately returned.

Additional charges were filed today accusing Gould of using his car to assault Mrs. Kennedy, a sister-in-law and two other people who tried to help Mrs. Kennedy escape from Gould on Tuesday.

Police said Gould, 41, also was charged with driving to endanger, speeding and failing to stop for a police officer.

Authorities said Gould and a passenger began pursuing Mrs. Kennedy’s car outside her Cohasset home on Tuesday. Her three children were in the back of the car, and her sister-in-law Rory Kennedy was also with her.

Mrs. Kennedy ``was just trying to get away from them,″ said Cohasset police Officer Lawrence Ainslie Jr. ``It’s out of hand, to say the least.″

At one point, Mrs. Kennedy stopped to seek help from two landscapers, Ainslie said. Gould’s car bumped one of the men, who rolled onto the car’s hood, and the other man jumped out of the way, police said.

Mrs. Kennedy then stopped at the Hingham police station.

``She was almost into tears, frightened,″ said Officer Kris Phillips, who pursued Gould’s car.

The car stopped after a brief chase at speeds of up to 50 mph through an area of homes, businesses and a school where the speed limit is 30 mph.

``It was rush hour,″ Phillips said. ``They could have gotten any of a number of people hurt _ all for a picture.″

Neither man was arrested during the speeding stop, but after talking with Mrs. Kennedy and Rory Kennedy this morning, police filed additional assault charges and a warrant was issued for Gould’s arrest, Sgt. Taylor Mills said.

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