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California doctor made ‘defamatory’ poisoning allegations in bid to win custody of children: attorney


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The attorney for a California woman who is accused of pouring Drano into her husband’s lemonade to poison him calls the allegations “absurd” and defamatory.”

Dr Yue Yu, also known as Emily, was accused by her husband, 53-year-old Dr Jack Chen, of repeatedly fortifying her drinks with household chemicals. Chen says he developed internal injuries from the drain cleaner.

Yu has not been charged with a crime, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. She was released from jail on August 5 after posting $30,000 bond.

In a request for a protection order on Friday, Chen said he was worried about being in the same household as Yu.

CALIFORNIAN DOCTOR SAYS HE CATCHED WIFE THROWING DRANO INTO HIS LEMONADE AFTER HE RIGGED THE KITCHEN WITH CAMERAS

Dr. Yue Yu seen in a screenshot from a video opening a bottle of Drano in the kitchen.
(Orange County Superior Court)

“I am afraid to be in the same house and in the presence of the respondent due to the respondent’s recorded attempts to poison me with Drano,” Chen said in the application for the violence restraining order. domestic.

After noticing a “chemical taste” in his lemonade in March and April and being diagnosed with gastritis, esophagitis and ulcers, Chen placed cameras in the house.

“Three times I have video of her pouring Draino (sic) taken from under our kitchen sink and pouring it into my lemonade (I drink it hot),” Chen said in the filing.

The couple married on July 4, 2012 and have two children, a daughter and a son aged 8 and 7.

In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Yu’s attorney, David Whol, said Chen’s allegations were false.

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In a series of screenshots from the video, Dr Yu opens the Drano after her husband leaves his cup in the kitchen.

In a series of screenshots from the video, Dr Yu opens the Drano after her husband leaves his cup in the kitchen.
(Orange County Superior Court)

“The idea that my client, who is a highly respected 45-year-old dermatologist in Orange County, would destroy her life, destroy the lives of her children, and try to kill her husband is just completely absurd and false – and d ‘elsewhere defamatory.” Qui said.

Whol also said that Yu used Drano for plumbing problems and poured it into a cup to keep it from splashing.

“Every time she poured Drano into a cup, it was completely empty,” Wohl said. “It was to make it easier to use in the sink or any other part of the house that was clogged with regards to drainage…but she never poured Drano or any chemical into a drink that the father or her husband never used or drank. This is completely untrue.

Californian dermatologist Yue Yu was arrested last Thursday after being accused of poisoning her husband.

Californian dermatologist Yue Yu was arrested last Thursday after being accused of poisoning her husband.
(Irvine Police Department)

Drano is a drain cleaner that the federal government says is “very dangerous” if ingested, inhaled or brought into contact with the eyes or skin.

His lawyer also said that Yu did not know if Chen had ingested Drano, but said he was desperate to gain custody of their children after recently filing for divorce.

In a series of screenshots from the video, Dr. Chen sips his drink.

In a series of screenshots from the video, Dr. Chen sips his drink.
(Orange County Superior Court)

“But we know he was desperate to file for divorce,” Wohl said. “He was desperate for grounds to win custody of the children. We are confident that these claims he made are all part and parcel of that effort.”

The husband seeks full custody of their children, pursuant to the restraining order application.

Yu will be back in court on November 4.

Chen also accused Yu of being emotionally abusive after the birth of their children.

“After the children were born, I became concerned about Emily’s behavior,” Chen wrote in the filing.

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Dr. Chen even placed a camera under the sink where the family stored the bottle of Drano.

Dr. Chen even placed a camera under the sink where the family stored the bottle of Drano.
(Orange County Superior Court)

According to Chen, Yu demanded a massage at one point and became violent when he refused to give it to her.

“She walked on my head until I did – and also started hiding money from me,” he wrote.

A spokesperson for the Orange County district attorney’s office said they are reviewing the case and will determine whether charges should be brought.

In a series of screen captures from a video, Dr. Chen sets his drink down in the kitchen.

In a series of screen captures from a video, Dr. Chen sets his drink down in the kitchen.
(Orange County Superior Court)

“We are reviewing the evidence in the case to see what charges can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

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