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INTERVIEW TAPES ARE RELEASED IN SMITH RAPE CASE

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Police have released eight hours of tape-recorded interviews with a 30-year-old woman who says she was raped by William Kennedy Smith.

Transcripts of the interviews with investigators had been released in May, but it was the first time the voice of the woman had been heard publicly.On the tapes, the woman emotionally describes being tackled and raped on the grounds of the Kennedy estate March 30 after meeting Smith at a Palm Beach nightclub and going to the Kennedy estate with him.

The eight cassette tapes were released after news media requests that they be made public under Florida public records laws.

Also Wednesday, the Jupiter, Fla., woman went to Palm Beach police headquarters for a second day of questioning by Smith's defense team, which contended release of the taped police interviews was another example of the state trying to try the case in the press.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Robert Parker also said he would decide by next Thursday whether the tabloid newspaper The Globe violated Florida's law against publication of a rape victim's name.