Muslim doctor cleared of sexual misconduct charges due to his “different cultural background”
“Iraqi doctor likened to Homer Simpson who pestered two female colleagues with ‘clumsy’ chat-up lines is cleared of sexual misconduct due to his ‘different cultural background,'” by Phoebe Southworth, Mailonline, May 14, 2018
An Iraqi doctor likened to Homer Simpson by his colleagues was cleared of sexual misconduct after his ‘clumsy’ chat-up lines were put down to his ‘different cultural background’.
Dr Alaa Alasadi, 47, pestered two of his female co-workers with oafish remarks and inappropriate comments, a medical tribunal in Manchester heard.
The disciplinary panel heard he lifted up one woman’s top and bombarded another with suggestive messages between 2016 and March 2017.
But he will return to work after a four-month suspension because the panel decided his conduct was ‘inappropriate’ and ‘lacked integrity’ but was not ‘sexually predatory’.
A senior GP said Alasadi’s attempts to give ‘positive feedback and encouragement to staff’ could be misinterpreted as flirting due to his ‘different cultural background’.
Alasadi persistently pursued a happily married GP and tried to stop her leaving Sheet Street Surgery, near Windsor Castle in Berkshire, when she found a new job.
The relentless medic, a partner at the practice, claimed he had hidden his feelings for her for a ‘whole year’.
On the day she handed in her notice he texted her saying: ‘Please don’t leave. Today was a sad day. I always go through difficult time in my life but nothing like this.’
Alasadi, whose colleagues at the surgery compared him with blundering cartoon character Homer Simpson, then bombarded the woman with messages.
He told the GP they should leave their respective partners and have an affair, adding: ‘You are the most beautiful thing in my life.’
The second woman on Alasadi’s radar was the practice manager at the surgery.
She alleged he lifted up her top to look at her underwear and said he ‘wanted to get someone blonde like her.’
He also invited her out for dinner and asked if he could go away with her for a weekend in the New Forest, she claimed.
On one occasion he rang her from an airport as he was about to fly to Ireland, saying he ‘missed her’ and ‘wanted to hear her voice’.
In his texts to the first woman, Alasadai wrote: ‘I hope I am not intruding texting u while u r home with your family? There is a lot that I want to say but may be inappropriate texting you while you are home with your husband. There is nothing inside me towards you but nice things and nice feelings.’
‘I am happy with anything you do that makes you happy. You have a nice kind innocent lovely adorable sole (sic). I really envy your husband. I sleep in my own room. Doctors have to be happily married, so they say.
‘I didn’t want to disturb your life but I have feelings that I couldn’t resist. I am really sorry I hesitated to say anything for a whole year but today I couldn’t hide it. Oh God I feel so bad now.’
Describing Alasadi’s dealings with the GP, Miss Elizabeth Dudley-Jones, counsel for the General Medical Council, said: ‘He explained that he would do anything to make her stay and asked if they could go out for dinner.
‘At the time she thought it was a leaving event scenario for her but he then sent her a text message which consisted of one crying face emoji.
‘The next text message she received said “please don’t leave”.
‘She didn’t think the messages were too serious but he then began to send her a series of text messages saying he had feelings for her for over a year and wanted to tell her about these feelings in person.
‘She was shocked because it seemed so out of the blue. She was a happily married woman and said she wasn’t interested and they should forget and move on.’
The woman reported her concerns, but Alasadi sent her an email saying: ‘I was very helpful and supportive to you all the way since we started working together.
‘I have never thought that you were going to complain about my remarks as I was so naïve and innocent when I was texting you in the evening with a glass of wine in my hand. I can only apologise for that but the harm and the deformation happens (sic) to me was irreparable…’
But Dr Julian Howells, who trained Alasadi in 2008, told the hearing: ‘Originally from Iraq, he has a different cultural background from indigenous doctors and during his training we would sometimes discuss this.
‘His demeanour to staff and colleagues was often friendly and complimentary. His intention was to give positive feedback and encouragement to the staff.
‘I explained to him that in British culture there was a danger that this could be misconstrued as being flirtatious and cause discomfort that was not intended.’…