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savafan
09-13-2005, 02:43 PM
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/52462.htm

By DAREH GREGORIAN

September 9, 2005 -- The doctor is outed.

A married physician with three kids has been posing as a single guy on the Internet, picking up women and allegedly using mind games to string them along for years.

Now two of Khaled Zeitoun's ex-gal pals have filed suits against him, charging he caused them "severe emotional distress."

"He knows the damage he was causing these women," said their lawyer, David Grover. "These women really did go through hell."

Zeitoun — pronounced like Satan but with a Z — allegedly told one of his "fiancées," Tiffany Wang, he's been there, and that's why he couldn't marry her.

"In August 2002, Zeitoun claimed that 14 years prior while he was in Egypt, the devil had taken his soul . . . He claimed that he made a deal with the devil that he would never get married.

"Zeitoun claimed that he never regretted that decision until he met Wang," Wang's suit charges.

Zeitoun, a reproductive endocrinologist, said through the intercom of his Midtown apartment that he didn't know about Wang's suit, but called it "ridiculous."

"Is she suing someone because he's romanced other women?" he laughed.

In court papers responding to the suit by the other ex-girlfriend, Jing Huang, Zeitoun admitted he'd claimed he was single, and that he'd been dating several people he'd met on the Internet, but contended he never led her on.

But another of the exes' lawyers, Avraham Goldberg, said his clients' cases are "part of a pattern" of the doctor using his knowledge of Asian culture to prey on women of Taiwanese and Chinese descent.

"He's married to an Asian woman, so he knows their religious and cultural backgrounds," Goldberg said.

Wang's suit says she first came into contact with the love doc in March 2001 after reading his personal ad on the Yahoo! Personals Web site. He told her he "was single and had never been married."

During their first date, "Zeitoun claimed he and Wang had been married to each other in previous lives" and he had mistreated her, the suit says. He told her "he had searched for her in this lifetime to correct his past mistakes." The next day, he allegedly told her, "I am crazily in love with you. If you leave me, just shoot me."

In May 2002, he popped the question, although he later told her he never intended to follow through. He proposed "only to see the look of joy on her face," the suit says.

Their relationship fell apart in 2003, after he asked her to take part in a threesome and physically attacked her when she said no, the suit says.

Huang's suit said she started dating Zeitoun, 46, in 2003, after responding to an ad where he described himself as "a single Caucasian guy living in midtown." They started seeing each other two or three nights a week — just as he did with Wang — and discussed "long-term plans" and the "possibility of marriage."

She caught on to his cheating ways when he claimed he had to work through the July 4 weekend last year, but his office said he wasn't in.

Their suits seek unspecified monetary damages for acting "outside the boundaries of human decency" and with "reckless disregard" for their well-being.



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/344675p-294275c.html


By KERRY BURKE and HELEN PETERSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A Manhattan love doctor has been slapped with malpractice suits for breaking hearts.

Fertility specialist Dr. Khaled Zeitoun is a married father of three who allegedly left a trail of tears after taking to the Internet for some extramarital romance, according to court papers made public yesterday.

Zeitoun, 46, is being sued by two women he met through an online dating service - and allegedly wooed with bizarre come-on lines invoking the Devil, tales of past lives and talk of the Apocalypse.

In lawsuits, Tiffany Wang and Jing Huang branded him a medical masher who pretended to be single to lure them into sexual relationships.

According to court papers, he may have been sweet-talking as many as six women at or around the same time.

"Zeitoun's conduct was part of a larger pattern in which he approaches single women on the Internet and becomes romantically involved with [them]," Wang, 46, charged in a complaint filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Zeitoun's conduct "was outside the boundaries of human decency and societal norms," according to the lawsuit.

Wang is "very nervous about trusting people," said lawyer Avraham Goldberg, who represents Wang and Huang.

Zeitoun laughed off the claims yesterday when questioned at the W. 53rd St. love nest where, court papers say, he rendezvoused with his online ladies.

"I don't know of any lawsuit that woman has filed against me," he said, referring to Wang, but he conceded he knew her.

"Is she suing someone because he romanced other women?" he chuckled.

Wang's lawsuit is nearly identical to one filed in March by Huang, 32, who says she, too, met Zeitoun through the Yahoo! Personals, and that he told her he was single.

Their suits seek unspecified money damages for infliction of severe emotional distress.

According to court papers, Zeitoun told both women that he had been married to them in a previous life and had mistreated them. He said he searched for them in this lifetime to correct his past mistakes.

He even told Wang that he made a deal with the Devil after being "trapped in hell" for two days in which he promised never to marry - and if he reneged "the whole world would collapse," according to her suit.

Still, the suit claims, he cruelly asked Wang to marry him "only to see the look of joy on her face," though he had no intention of making her his bride.

Zeitoun saw the women simultaneously, unknown to them. He dated Wang from March 2001 until July 2004 and saw Huang from Oct. 2003 until July 2004, court papers say.

Huang learned accidently that Zeitoun was married - and when she confronted him, he said he was getting a divorce, she contends.

She also learned the names of five other single women, including Wang, who had allegedly been romanced by Zeitoun.

"He knew the damage he could do to these women and he did it anyway," said the women's other lawyer, David Grover. "They are both educated, professional women."

In court papers filed in May, Zeitoun admitted having relationships with several women on the Internet while pretending to be single - but he said he told Huang upfront that he had no interest in long-term liaisons.

REDREAD
09-13-2005, 02:49 PM
Wierd story.. I don't know what to think the suits.

ochre
09-13-2005, 02:56 PM
I see lines of pubescent teens forming to bring suit against their erstwhile "partners" after they catch them dancing with another at the Homecoming soiree.

Hap
09-13-2005, 02:58 PM
This has all happened before in various ways in many previous lives and the wrongs will never be righted.

KronoRed
09-13-2005, 03:08 PM
I see lines of pubescent teens forming to bring suit against their erstwhile "partners" after they catch them dancing with another at the Homecoming soiree.

"We're breaking up"
"I'll sue!"

Chip R
09-13-2005, 03:19 PM
I can see the folks at Law and Order writing a script about this as we speak.

zombie-a-go-go
09-13-2005, 04:40 PM
Their relationship fell apart in 2003, after he asked her to take part in a threesome

I can commiserate. *sigh*


;)

LoganBuck
09-14-2005, 12:12 AM
Ochre, If I could rep you, I would, for using soiree in a sentence.

KronoRed
09-14-2005, 12:15 AM
I got him for you LB :D

ochre
09-14-2005, 10:41 AM
Ochre, If I could rep you, I would, for using soiree in a sentence.
I am nothing if not full of words.

:)