AIDS test sought for Dr. Solomon 3 more women claiming abuse

September 17, 1993|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Staff Writer

Several former patients of Dr. Neil Solomon yesterday sought to compel the high-profile Baltimore physician to undergo testing for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

In a motion filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, three women who are suing Dr. Solomon for alleged sexual improprieties charge that Dr. Solomon has had unprotected sex with multiple partners over several years. They say that Dr. Solomon should be screened so that they can determine the likelihood that they were infected and to enable the court to appropriately assess monetary damages.

The motion is accompanied by affidavits, or sworn written statements, of three other women -- none of them plaintiffs in the case but at least two of them former patients of Dr. Solomon. Citing the affidavits, the motion charges that the plaintiffs "are not the only women who have been victimized by Dr. Solomon." It states that one of those now filing an affidavit "was a minor at the time Dr. Solomon forced her to engage in unnatural sexual acts with him."

Dr. Solomon, 61, has strongly disputed the allegations of sexual improprieties, saying they were "outrageous" and promising to "aggressively and vigorously" defend himself. Efforts to reach Dr. Solomon and his attorneys yesterday were unsuccessful.

Dr. Solomon, who has been considering a 1994 gubernatorial bid, last week canceled an appearance before a political club, citing the need to prepare his defense.

Two weeks ago, he resigned as chairman of three state commissions, saying he did not want the "outrageous claims" to undermine the work of the panels on AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and health care reform.

Each of the three former patients suing Dr. Solomon claims that he improperly lured her into a sexual relationship while under his care. The women, represented by Baltimore attorney Joanne L. Suder, are seeking millions of dollars in damages.

In the affidavits accompanying yesterday's motion, one woman said that she was a patient of Dr. Solomon's from 1977 to 1980 and had sex with him about 10 to 12 times during that period. Another said she was a patient of Dr. Solomon's from 1983 to 1984, and had sex with him six or seven times during that period.

The affidavit of the third woman was sealed by the court.

The names of all six women were sealed.

The motion promises that the three plaintiffs "will produce live testimony of other compelling evidence of Solomon's sexual encounters with numerous other women."

Under Maryland law, courts may order examinations for good cause and "when the mental or physical condition or characteristic of a party . . . is in controversy."

Dr. Solomon, Maryland's first secretary of health and mental hygiene from 1969 to 1979, has a private practice in Towson specializing in weight control, allergies, fitness and smoking cessation.

He writes a nationally syndicated medical column that appears weekly in The Evening Sun.

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