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A reporter has been ordered to stay away from the Kennedy clan for a year after allegedly running Victoria Kennedy off the road so his photographer could get a better picture.

Martin Gould, 42, a reporter for the Star tabloid newspaper of London, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said he tried to run Mrs. Kennedy off the road in April in Hingham.

Judge Paul Moriarty said Wednesday that if Gould stayed out of trouble and stayed away from the Kennedys for one year, the charges would be dropped.

Photographers staked out the Kennedy home after authorities began probing allegations that Michael Kennedy -- Mrs. Kennedy's husband and a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy -- had an affair with the family baby sitter. No charges were ever filed in the case.

Gould, who admitted no guilt in the case, maintained that he was only doing his job the day he staked out Mrs. Kennedy at her Cohasset home.

"I'm pretty happy it's over," Gould said outside the courtroom while waiting to pay more than $1,400 in court costs and fines.

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