Charge dropped against Max Kennedy after loud party on Cape Cod

Booking photos of Max Kennedy and Caroline R. Kennedy.
Barnstable Police
Booking photos of Max Kennedy and Caroline R. Kennedy.

A disorderly conduct charge was dismissed Tuesday against a son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office said.

Matthew Maxwell Kennedy, 52, was arrested in August after he allegedly argued with police officers who had responded to a loud party in Hyannis Port.

On Tuesday, Kennedy appeared in Barnstable District Court, and the charge was dropped. He was found to have violated a Barnstable antinoise bylaw for the August incident and had to pay a $150 fine, DA spokeswoman Tara L. Miltimore said.


In a statement, Kennedy said he has the “utmost respect” for Barnstable police.

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“The department has been involved in many moments — both happy and sad — with my family over the years and I’m grateful for their service,” he said.

Police had alleged that Kennedy threw himself into a wall, smashed a shelf full of glass objects, and refused to cooperate when officers tried to place him in handcuffs while responding to a party in the early hours of Aug. 20.

But in his statement, Kennedy called the incident “just a noise violation” and said that “some reports blew the situation out of proportion.”

“I’m happy this matter is resolved,” he added.


Kennedy’s 22-year-old daughter, Caroline, was arrested at that scene after she opened the door of a police cruiser her father had been placed in, according to police.

Her case is ongoing. The DA’s office said she is due in court Nov. 22.

Messages left with Robert C. Gottlieb, an attorney representing the Kennedys, were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

John R. Ellement of Globe staff contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.