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RAPE SUSPECT NAMED\ FLORIDA POLICE WANT WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH

RAPE SUSPECT NAMED\ FLORIDA POLICE WANT WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH

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Police on Friday identified William Kennedy Smith, nephew of Sen. Edward Kennedy, as the suspect in an alleged rape at the Kennedy family compound.

``We have identified that particular gentleman as our suspect in this case,' said police spokesman Craig Gunkel after stating Smith's full name.Smith, 30, is a medical student at Georgetown University in Washington and is the son of Kennedy's older sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, and the late Stephen Smith, a former Kennedy family campaign aide.

Gunkel refused to provide more details or say if and when Smith would be arrested.

Police also said in a separate statement that Smith's Miami attorney, former federal prosecutor Mark Schnapp, ``has declined to make his client available for interview by detectives of the Palm Beach Police Department.'

Police held a news conference an hour after a judge rejected media requests to unseal a police report on the alleged rape.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal said that police had no legal obligation to provide the document but that they can do so voluntarily.

Investigators complained a deluge of media attention has hampered their investigation, and they sought to keep details confidential, a decision challenged in court by media organizations.

Sen. Kennedy, 59, who was at the beachside compound the day of the alleged attack a week ago, said he was working out ``a mutual time' to talk to investigators, but added, ``I'd be glad to do it right now.'

The 29-year-old woman said she met Smith, Kennedy and the senator's son, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, 24, at a Palm Beach nightspot. She said she was invited to the compound early Saturday and was assaulted there.

The alleged victim and her family have been in seclusion, but tabloids have begun a bidding war to get her story of the events.

The Globe, a national tabloid, was reported to have offered $100,000.

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