New York, Oct 10 (ANI): A former Ford model went to a highly respected Manhattan shrink to help her cope with years of sexual abuse but his twisted treatment was to set her up for sex trysts with other patients.
Dr. Allen Collins-founding chairman of Lenox Hill Hospital's psychiatry department and a perennial on New York magazine's 'Best Doctors' list-would then pester her for a salacious, detailed rundown of their romps, said disgusted former patient Finele Carpenter.
"It was a living horror," said Carpenter, a stunning, 57-year-old model who recently sued Collins in Manhattan court and was just awarded 650,000 dollars.
Carpenter-an Arkansas native whose rise to fame and fortune as the Jordache jeans girl led The New York Times to label her life a "Manhattan fairy tale" in 1979-was struggling when she was referred to Collins in 2000.
"I went to him very vulnerable and very trusting. I was an easy mark," the New York Post quoted her as saying.
A survivor of sex abuse as a child and rape in her 20s, her marriage to a California millionaire-her fourth-had had fallen apart, and she was engaging in self-mutilation.
Her lawsuit described Collins, 68, as unusually carefree about sharing her with other patients.
During their second session, she said, he gave her the name of a good divorce lawyer and recommended she use him.
Then came the 'dating' referrals with Collins' patients, which began a few weeks after she started seeing him.
"He said he had this friend of his who would be good for me.
"He asked if he could give my phone number to him and unfortunately I eventually said yes," said Carpenter.
After she and the man-who was one of Collins' patients-had had sex, the doctor made clear he knew all about it, her filings say.
She wounded up carrying on a months-long relationship with Patient No. 2 and said Collins would pester her for all the dirty details.
He "would ask me if I had an orgasm, what it felt like, how I felt, did it please me," she recalled.
Patient No. 3 was another unhappily married man, and Collins told her he hoped that a relationship between them would "push or shove" the man out of his marriage, her filings say.
Patient No. 4 was an unhappily married billionaire, but Carpenter said she didn't sleep with him because he was "aggressive" and "not nice."
Patient No. 5 was also "too aggressive," and Collins was "very upset" that their date didn't lead anywhere, Carpenter said.
"It was sexual voyeurism, all for the doctor's titillation," she said.
In his court filings, Collins admitted setting Carpenter up with other patients but said it was for her good, not his.
He said he was encouraging "positive social encounters," and "if things developed, things developed. I was not specifically recommending the development of a relationship in one way or another." (ANI)