Sen. Edward Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith, says any suggestion that he raped a woman at the Kennedy family compound is "a damnable lie."

Police meanwhile prepared to release Friday an account of the alleged assault of March 30."I emphatically deny that the woman in question was abused or that force was used by me in any way," Smith, a 30-year-old Georgetown University medical student, said in a statement issued Thursday by his Washington lawyers.

"Any suggestion to the contrary is a damnable lie," he said.

Smith, who police have said is a suspect in the case, has repeatedly maintained his innocence. He has not been arrested.

Authorities say Smith, his uncle and the senator's 23-year-old son, Patrick, met the woman at a popular nightspot and invited her and a friend to the Kennedy compound early on March 30.