A Disgraced Parkland Doctor is Suing a Stripper Who Accused Him of Rape

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Dr. Alireza Atef-Zafarmand played a memorable role in The Dallas Morning News' series on sexual abuse allegations at Parkland Hospital. He's the kidney specialist who allegedly told a bedridden patient that she looked like Julia Roberts, then grabbed her breast and wrapped his fingers around her neck, asking if she liked being choked. He also wanted her to act, pretending she was sedated and begging him not to leave, according to what she told police.

The Texas Medical Board decided to strip Atef of his medical license this past summer. They cited the Parkland incident, but they also dug up accusations from eight other women. Documents and testimony presented at Atef's disciplinary hearing in June show a pattern of abusive behavior toward women that escalated from unwanted advances to a pair of rapes, one year apart.

Atef is now suing one of the women he allegedly raped, accusing her of fabricating her story and wrecking his personal and professional lives. He's seeking more than $1 million in damages.

See also: Three Years After Being Accused of Raping a Patient, a Dallas Doctor Loses His License

Atef and his accuser agree on one thing: that they had a sexual encounter on the afternoon of July 3, 2010 at Atef's home. After that, their stories diverge wildly.

According to testimony the 21-year-old woman delivered to the TMB, she'd gone to Atef's home seeking treatment for a leg wound. Ater he patched her up, he began to rub her shoulders, then "moved his thumbs to the front of her neck and choked her until she lost consciousness." He raped her as she passed in and out of consciousness, she said. She went to Parkland the next day to be examined and filed a report with Dallas police. No charges were ever filed.

In his lawsuit, Atef says he and the woman, a dancer at Rick's Cabaret, had met several months before through mutual friends. They "immediately hit it off and instantly became friends." She began showing up at parties at Atef's home and tagging along with the doctor and his friends, "who regularly patronize to some of Dallas' best restaurants and clubs."

They first had sex on April 22 and, in Atef's mind at least, were soon dating exclusively. This impression was solidified, Atef says in the suit, by her requests for money to help pay for rental cars, auto insurance, and other expenses.

By May, the lawsuit says the woman was cheating on him with a man it identifies only as Tom. But the woman was conflicted about the relationship and couldn't bring herself to break things off with Atef, which was how she wound up at his home on July 3.

Atef says the sex they had was consensual and claims the woman fabricated the rape claim because she felt guilty about cheating on her new boyfriend and so there was an alternative to Tom's suggestion, which, according to the suit, was to "go over there and rape him with a broom stick, demasulate [sic] him or mutilate him, cut off his penis, and beat him to death."

See also: Former Highland Park Student Ryan Romo is Suing the Girl Who Accused Him of Rape

He contends in the lawsuit that his innocence is borne out by records from the woman's hospital examination.

"[T]here was no sign of trauma, bruising, tearing of tissue, petechiae or other injury consistent with the alleged rape," it says. "There was no forensic evidence of rape, because no rape occurred."

The lawsuit does not address the claims brought by the other women whose complaints were referenced by the Morning News and Texas Medical Board. Perhaps his attorneys are drawing up those lawsuits now.

Whatever happens in court, the damage to Atef's reputation is probably permanent. He summarizes it best in the lawsuit: "as a result of the malicious and false reporting of rape, no woman will go on a date with Dr. Atef."


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11 comments
tonytrex1627
tonytrex1627

What did he think ? Can't turn a hoe into a housewife

animas
animas

Parkland is a cesspool and paul Coggins wife is their attorney. Enough said.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

In my opinion, this man is a filthy disgusting pig.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

This guy had his medical license suspended - shouldnt be considered a Dr. ! And the Rick's Cabaret dancer, probably shouldnt be considered an upstanding lady. It isnt a dance place, but a strip club and this dancer was probably cheating on 5 or more "customers" from the club. Not believing either makes this story irrelevent!

Fraudland
Fraudland

Something must be up at Parkland again. Not only are there more stories in the news again about Parkland, but there's another website up on the hospital, The Parkland Orgy of Death.

ogenjr
ogenjr

You didn`t see it coming??

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

@lzippitydoo  Unfortunately, this man was not caught sooner.  I'm surprised that the Texas Board of Medical Examiners suspended him given their horrible track record of letting impaired physicians practice medicine.  The board cannot remove the man's degree.  Still, he cannot practice medicine. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

@Fraudland

"The Parkland Orgy of Death" 

I think that is a working title for the new Quentin Tarantino movie coming out.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

@doublecheese @DeathBreath Why do you say that he did not likely rape this woman?  Do you have inside knowledge about this?  I've worked in TDCJ-ID for a very long time.  I've seen rapists in many professions including physicians, clergy, physicians, nurses, etc.  Hence, I'm never surprised.  Yes, it is possible that he is innocent.  

I find it astounding that the Texas Medical board launched an investigation.  In the past, they have tended to shield physicians, particularly psychiatrists, one of the worst violators of ethical standards & dual relationships, in my opinion. 

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