Taking the stand in his own defense at Hartford Superior Court today, an East Hartford doctor testified that he did not rape a patient in his office examining room.

Doctor Edwin Njoku looked at the jury, as he said he believes the woman making the accusations was using pain medication he gave her to get cocaine.

The doctor testified that when he was alone in the exam room with the woman, she was the one who thrust her buttocks at his crotch.

He said she was the one who grabbed his belt, and stuck her hand down his pants, touching him.

He started to compare her movements to those of a go-go dancer, but the state objected, and the judge cut Njoku off.

Several members of the jury took notes during the testimony. One juror sat with a deep frown, her arms folded in front of her.

The doctor said part of the exam room table that rises up to form a back was broken, so that if someone had sat on it, it would have collapsed.

On a previous day of testimony, a woman identified only by the initials AD testified that the doctor held her down on the exam table, and raped her.

The charges in this trial focus on that woman’s allegations, but two other women also testified for the state, describing being sexually assaulted by the doctor.


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