MADISONVILLE — The son of U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) may have landed in legal hot water for an alleged party
held at a neighbor's house.
James Preston Kennedy is the target of a lawsuit
by neighbors who accuse the 20-year-old of throwing a party at their
house while they were away from home. The couple alleges that the
incident caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, claiming
that they returned home to not only find it “ransacked and
damaged,” but also found many of their personal possessions
missing, stolen or broken.
Other neighbors in the area are shocked by the events as well.
“I'm shocked, I mean total disrespect,” community member
Pamela Love said.
“You trust someone to come into your home; it's just mind-blowing.”
The neighbors, Steven and Heidi Fisher, claim to have asked James
Kennedy to feed their dogs while they were on vacation in August
2016. Instead of returning home to find their house in
peace, however, they said they found it damaged. In order to figure out what
happened, the couple said they reviewed the footage from their
home-security system. When the couple reviewed the footage, they saw
James Kennedy throwing a huge party that lasted into the early
They said they also witnessed
in the footage the partygoers who were invited by their neighbor
smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages and having sexual intercourse
in multiple rooms of their home, including the master bedroom and a
The Fishers made the Kennedy family aware of the party and the
damages caused by the bash. The Kennedys responded by
assuring them that the damages, which includes paying for the damage
done to the property as well as the replacement of lost, stolen and
broken items, would all be taken care of. The Fishers allegedly agreed to
accept an amount of money that is far less than the actual amount the
damages in an effort to avoid a lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit,
nothing has been paid for and the settlement offer was rejected by Great
Northern Insurance Company, despite having a representative of the
Kennedys' insurance company assess the damage.
The lawsuit was filed in the same month as John Kennedy's election
to the U.S. Senate. According to the suit, the Fishers are seeking the
damages from James Kennedy, who lives with his parents, instead of
Sen. Kennedy himself.
to the Fishers' attorney, Rene Frederick, the timing of the lawsuit
had nothing to do with the election. Frederick claimed that the
timing was because of the breakdown of settlement negotiations with
the insurance company, making the filing of the lawsuit in December a
A spokesperson for the Kennedy family gave
no information on the lawsuit, only saying that the issue was a
“personal family matter.”