In an effort to protect herself, the woman said, she brought a friend to an appointment.She said Cruciani retaliated at subsequent visits by sending an assistant in his place and withholding refills on opioids until she was near withdrawal.“I felt so trapped,” said the woman, who lives in Dutchess County, New York, and was Cruciani’s patient at Beth Israel, Capital and Drexel.Trapped in bodies that didn’t work, the women said, they viewed Cruciani as their only hope of getting better – and he knew it, taking advantage of their desperation.
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Just watch yourself.’”On at least 10 occasions over the next several years, the woman said, Cruciani stuck his tongue in her mouth, rubbed her breasts and genitals over her clothes, and one time tried to put her hand on his crotch.
Like the other women, she said she felt she had no choice but to continue seeing him.
Tullin, a former network news producer for ABC and CBS, began seeing Cruciani in 2002 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.
For two years, she had suffered chronic pain that made it feel like her body was on fire.
But she recalled at least a dozen later instances of escalating abuse while she was his patient at Beth Israel, Capital and Drexel.
Tullin said that Cruciani touched her breasts and genitals, and that she performed oral sex on him at his request and he performed it on her.“There was nothing consensual about it,” Tullin said.
I did what I did to survive.”A third accuser, a 40-year-old New York City woman with chronic pancreatitis, told the AP that Cruciani subjected her to unwanted touching over her clothes and kissed her on the mouth at one of their first consultations at Beth Israel.
She said that she told her primary doctor and that the doctor replied, ‘Well, you know, I’ve heard that he can be a little handsy.
“This was a man who really knew about a rare condition that I had.
I couldn’t find anyone else with his level of knowledge or understanding, and he had my health and my medications over my head.
“When you’re being held in a locked office with someone for three hours, and you know that that person holds your health in his hands, you make a decision.