A woman who accused her gynaecologist of giving her ‘leg buckling orgasms’ on the consulting couch has dramatically withdrawn her case.Bibi Giles’s harassment claim against consultant Angus Thomson was effectively torpedoed when another doctor – a GP – threatened to tell the court that she had pestered him for sex in the past. Mrs Giles withdrew the case yesterday morning and agreed to pay £30,000 in legal costs for Mr Thomson.
Last night the former model, 50, was branded an ‘attention-seeking fantasist’ with an ‘excessive libido’. Mr Thomson, 40, who has been supported by his GP wife Lucy throughout the five-day trial, broke down as he described how the allegations turned his life upside down and threatened to destroy his career and his marriage. He said the ‘horrible, false’ claims had threatened to ‘ruin’ his career and marriage.
Father of three Mr Thomson said: ‘The last three years have been a horrible ordeal and this week in court has been unspeakably stressful especially for my wife, our families and for me. I’ve always tried to conduct myself in an entirely professional manner. ‘The allegations Mrs Giles made, which are completely untrue, are some of the most serious that a doctor can be accused of and threatened to ruin my career and reputation. ‘I am therefore enormously relieved and delighted that this case has been concluded with my complete exoneration of these false allegations and that I am able to return to work on Monday with my professional reputation intact.’
Guyana-born Mrs Giles had sued her private consultant for £50,000 at Worcester County Court for triggering two intense orgasms within 90 seconds during an internal examination in 2006 while a nurse stood just feet away. She claimed he then sexually harassed her over a six-month period and pressured her to have an affair.
Mr Thomson claimed that Mrs Giles was an ‘infatuated’ patient who lied and bombarded him with phone calls. He continued to take the ‘bizarre’ calls because he wanted to continue his duty of care, he said. Mrs Giles had waived her right to anonymity in an attempt to flush out more of his ‘victims’, she claimed. Ironically, this brought the case to the attention of her former GP Dr William Dowley.
On Thursday Dr Dowley, 45, came forward to give evidence about his patient’s ‘pestering’ behaviour between 2002 and 2004. But before he took the witness stand, Mrs Giles agreed to drop the case. Christina Lambert, QC, for Mr Thomson, told the court: ‘There is a history of what I’m going to describe as boundary issues. ‘There is reference to the patient reporting to a practitioner that she has an excessive libido. But for the doctor/patient relationship, she would wish to have a personal relationship with him.’
He told the court Mrs Giles had become ‘obsessed’ with him Judge Pearce-Higgins added: ‘The client’s case was there had never been a difficulty with a GP in the past – an incident of this sort had never occurred. She has got form. She has pestered a doctor in the past.’
He accepted the settlement, saying: ‘This fully exonerates Mr Thomson and leaves his professional reputation intact. He has no doubt learned that there are limits to compassion and professional concern that he can volunteer to his patients.’ The case is expected to cost her £50,000, including her own legal fees.