updated 1/4/2005 6:03:49 PM ET 2005-01-04T23:03:49
BREAKING NEWS

A judge on Tuesday dismissed a civil lawsuit filed against William Kennedy Smith by his former personal assistant who alleged he sexually assaulted her.

Smith, the nephew of Sen. Edward Kennedy, has repeatedly denied he assaulted Audra Soulias, who filed the lawsuit in August.

According to Soulias, Smith bought her drinks while she was celebrating her birthday in January 1999, and after taking her to his Chicago home, dragged her upstairs and assaulted her.

Her attorney had acknowledged that Soulias continued to work for Smith for the next six months and during that time had consensual sex with him on a number of occasions.

In 1991, a Florida jury acquitted Smith of sexual assault and battery on a 30-year-old woman he had met at a night club. He said his sexual relations with the woman had been consensual.

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