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‘Day & Date’ Wins Right to B’Cast Kennedy-Girlfriend Fight

March 8, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ See them fight. See them make up. See John F. Kennedy Jr.’s girlfriend Carolyn Bessette bum a cigarette from a stranger on the street.

``Day & Date″ won the bidding war for the exclusive 20-minute videotape that shows Kennedy, 35, and his public relations gal-pal in a ``physical and aggressive argument,″ the TV show’s producer Erik Sorenson said Friday.

The footage will be shown in five-minute segments on the syndicated news magazine show throughout next week.

The couple had a lovers’ quarrel in Central Park on Feb. 25. Kennedy reportedly pulled an emerald-and-diamond ring off Bessette’s finger.

Sorenson wouldn’t say who had the rights to the surreptitiously made video or disclose how much ``Day & Date″ paid, except that it was ``more than $5,000 and less than $1 million.″

The tape offers a glimpse of ``the other side″ of Kennedy, Sorenson said.

``To date all we’ve seen is the public side, the very slick, polished side,″ he said.

The video shows the couple eating, walking, talking, fighting, pouting, crying and making up. It ends with Bessette stopping to ask a stranger for a cigarette.

Sorenson said JFK Jr.’s home address will be edited out of the tape, but ``darn near all of it will play. It’s all pretty interesting.″

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