Dr. Solomon sued by second woman

August 07, 1993|By Jonathan Bor | Jonathan Bor,Staff Writer

A second woman has sued Dr. Neil Solomon, a Baltimore doctor and adviser to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, on charges that he lured her into a sexual relationship after she began seeing him for treatment of an illness.

The woman, whose name was sealed in court records, said in her lawsuit that she met Dr. Solomon when he started taking an aerobics course she was teaching. She said he suggested that she become his patient.

When she appeared for treatment, the suit says, he exploited his position of "power and trust" by persuading her to engage in sex. According to the suit, the sexual encounters took place both in his office and home.

Attorney Joanne L. Suder said her client lives in "metropolitan Baltimore" but would not release her name. Dr. Solomon's lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.

The case, filed Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court and the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Office, was the second in a week to charge Dr. Solomon with taking sexual liberties with a female patient.

Ms. Suder represents both plaintiffs.

In each case, the plaintiff said that Dr. Solomon gave her mind-altering medications to lessen her ability to resist his advances and then pressured her not to divulge the sexual nature of the relationship.

In a written statement in a response to the first suit, Dr. Solomon promised to "aggressively and vigorously" fight the allegations. He added: "It is clear that the motive is money: a $50 million jackpot for the attorney and anyone else she can encourage to join in this litigation lottery."

Ms. Suder said the woman who filed suit Thursday started seeing Dr. Solomon for treatment of allergies and emotional problems "in the late 1980s" but is having trouble remembering the date.

Although there is a three-year statute of limitations for negligence by a physician, the woman's lawyer said she will seek to show that the relationship continued into the 1990s.

Dr. Solomon, 61, lives in Baltimore and maintains a private practice in Towson where he specializes in weight control, allergies, fitness and smoking cessation.

He was Maryland's first secretary of health and mental hygiene, serving between 1969 and 1979. In 1991, Governor Schaefer appointed Dr. Solomon to chair the governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. Recently, he has explored the possibility of running for governor.

The suit filed yesterday seeks $40 million in damages, although Maryland law caps awards for pain and suffering at $350,000.

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