Police Interview Professor Hawking About Abuse Claims
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 19, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND--Cambridgeshire police confirmed that they have questioned Professor Stephen Hawking about a series of unexplained injuries that he sustained over the last few years.
"We spoke with Professor Hawking for the first time on Wednesday in connection with allegations of abuse against him," said police spokesperson Tony Taylorson, who added that he could not comment further on the case or the interview.
It was the first time investigators talked to the renown astrophysicist since they started looking into allegations, made by his ex-wife and three adult children, that he is being mistreated.
Hawking, 62, has had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease commonly known as 'Lou Gehrig's Disease", for more than 40 years -- longer than anyone else in Britain. The Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, considered by many to be the greatest scientist of his time, is paralyzed except for the use of some fingers he uses to operate a computerized voice box.
His former wife, Jane Hawking, told police that she and their children suspected Hawking's broken wrist, facial cuts, split lip and other injuries he has sustained were the result of abuse by his full-time nurses or other care-givers.
"There is absolutely no substance to the reports," the professor told reporters in January.
In the past Hawking blamed his fast-paced lifestyle for his injuries, including a hip fracture he sustained in January 2002 when he accidentally ran his electric wheelchair into a wall.
The scientist divorced Jane Hawking after a 26-year marriage, then married his nurse, Elaine Mason, in 1995. He is currently recuperating from what is being described as an unrelated bout with pneumonia at Papworth Hospital in the town of Papworth Everad.