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Police Quiz Hawking Over Abuse

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:31:21 -0800
Fwd Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 12:59:39 -0500
Subject: Police Quiz Hawking Over Abuse

Source: The Australian - Sydney NSW


Police quiz Hawking over abuse

From correspondents in Cambridge, England
March 18, 2004

ASTROPHYSICIST Stephen Hawking has been questioned by detectives
about alleged abuses that reportedly left him with a series of
unexplained injuries, police said tonight.

Hawking, 62, who is paralysed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
was interviewed yesterday by Cambridgeshire police at Papworth
Hospital, said police spokesman Tony Taylorson.

It was the first time police have spoken to Hawking since
opening an investigation late last year into reports that he
suffered mysterious injuries, including a broken wrist, gashes
to the face and a cut lip.

For more than 40 years, sclerosis has deprived the scientist of
the ability to speak or to move, except for a few fingers he
uses to operate a computerized voice box.

Despite his severe disabilities, Hawking is one of the world's
best-known scientists. He serves as Lucasian Professor of
Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post once held by Sir
Isaac Newton, and is author of the best-selling book A Brief
History Of Time.

In January, Hawking suffered from pneumonia and was admitted to
Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge. He has since been moved to
Papworth Hospital in the town of Papworth Everad.

"We spoke with Prof. Hawking for the first time on Wednesday in
connection with allegations of abuse against him," Taylorson
said. "I can't say anything more about the case."

Hawking has dismissed allegations that he was assaulted or
abused at his home in Cambridge as "completely false".

Stories in the British press have contained sometimes lurid
allegations attributed to unidentified nurses and others who
have cared for him.

The scientist, who divorced his first wife after 26 years,
married his nurse, Elaine Mason, 53, in 1995. The two now live
in Cambridge near the university.

His former wife, Jane Hawking, who wrote a memoir about their
time together, has urged police to investigate the reported
abuses he suffered. Recently, she said she and their three adult
children have long suspected that he had suffered repeated,
unexplained assaults, some of them reported by his full-time
nurses, but that he refused to take action.

During their investigation, Cambridgeshire police also are
expected to question some of Hawking's previous nurses.

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