Flash From The Past: August 26th, 2004

Audra Soulias (R), a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, leaves a news conference with friend Gerd-Lind Kolarik in Chicago, August 26, 2004. Soulias is accusing Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the 5-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by Soulias August 25, 2004.

Seven years ago today I found myself in the middle of a circus along with an over zealous camera totting legal assistant demonstrating her karate skills, after Audra Soulias, a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, accused the member of ‘America’s royal family’ of sexually harassing subordinates.

Often times when press conferences become out-of-control, its because someone like the woman above starts pushing and shoving in an attempt to ‘save’ someone from the media… you know the people they just asked to help them try their case in the court of public opinion.

A judge threw out the civil lawsuit in January 2011…. Read More

Audra Soulias, a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, pauses during a news conference in Chicago, August 26, 2004. Soulias is accusing Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the five-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by Soulias August 25, 2004.
Audra Soulias, a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, pauses during a news conference in Chicago, August 26, 2004. Soulias is accusing Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the five-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by Soulias August 25, 2004. REUTERS/John Gress
An exterior view of William Kennedy Smith's Chicago row home (C) August 26, 2004. Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, has been accused of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit filed by one of them. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the 5-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by a former assistant and filed in Cook County Court on August 25, 2004.
An exterior view of William Kennedy Smith's Chicago row home (C) August 26, 2004. Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, has been accused of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit filed by one of them. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the 5-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by a former assistant and filed in Cook County Court on August 25, 2004. REUTERS/John Gress
Audra Soulias (R), a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, leaves a news conference with friend Gerd-Lind Kolarik in Chicago, August 26, 2004. Soulias is accusing Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the 5-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by Soulias August 25, 2004.
Audra Soulias (R), a former personal assistant to William Kennedy Smith, leaves a news conference with friend Gerd-Lind Kolarik in Chicago, August 26, 2004. Soulias is accusing Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Senator Edward Kennedy, who was acquitted in a highly publicized 1991 rape trial in Florida, of sexually harassing subordinates in a lawsuit. Smith, a 43-year-old doctor who helped found a global organization in 1996 that helps the disabled, denied the 5-year-old allegations in the lawsuit brought by Soulias August 25, 2004. REUTERS/John Gress
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