Enough's enough, guys.
The allegation surfaced in a civil suit filed August 13 by Ray von Proctor, who was let go from the Brown Medical Center last week. Von Proctor claimed that "two female employees of Dr. Brown produced statements alleging that Dr. Brown sexually assaulted an unconscious woman on his boat in the presence of others."
Von Proctor did not respond to the Houston Press's repeated attempts to confirm if he reported the alleged crime. His lawyer, Ellen Sprovach, told us shortly after the case was filed that she assumed he did, but wouldn't provide any documentation, and didn't seem too interested in finding out for sure. (After all, it's just a rape, right?).
David Grange, the retired and decorated U.S. army general now overseeing Brown's empire, also ignored the Press's attempts to learn if Grange confronted von Proctor in person, or went to authorities himself.
Tim Heinemann, Grange's associate at the North Carolina-based Osprey Global Solutions, only told us "We cannot comment as it concerns an ongoing investigation and pending litigation." (Grange and his team have been paid nearly $1.3 million in six months for their "restructuring" efforts, according to papers filed in a Miami bankruptcy court by one of Brown's attorneys).
Von Proctor did not identify the employees as working for Brown Hand Center in Houston, or Brown's shell company, Promed, in Florida. (All Promed employees, including Jeff, Ruth Gonzalez, Sharon McMillan, were notified by Grange that "we are no longer able to fund any personnel in Florida," according to court papers). Geiger, Gonzales, and McMillan did not return the Press's repeated requests to see if any of them notified authorities in Miami, where Brown owned two yachts, one of which appears to be where the alleged offense occurred.
Brown's former assistants Rose Salas and Misty Wilcox, who still work at the Brown Hand Center, also declined to discuss if any employees have knowledge of a rape and took money to stay quiet. According to von Proctor's suit, Brown's inner circle were concerned about rape allegations affecting a pending criminal case in a Miami federal court. Brown pleaded guilty to choking several flight attendants during a January flight from Europe to Miami and is scheduled to be sentenced September 25.
The suit claims that "a concern was brought up by others of the potential impact...that these statements could have on the pending British Airways criminal case against Dr. Brown. When discussions of paying these women money ensued so they would not go forward with the complaints or charges as they could possibly hurt the criminal case against Dr. Brown...."
There is no indication that the federal probation office tasked with preparing a pre-sentencing investigation report to help the judge determine Brown's punishment was aware of the allegation. (The officer who conducted the PSI referred us to the office's spokesman, who told us that reports are confidential and could not tell us whether the investigating officer looked into the allegation).
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A spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police Department told us via e-mail that "Unfortunately, without a case number or a victim's name, our Sexual Crimes Section was unable to confirm any such incident."
Grange has been trying to sell the collection "the brown Medical Center businesses" to stave off total collapse due in part to Brown's reckless personal expenditures. We wonder if Grange was worried about the taint of employees allegedly conspiring to cover up a rape would affect potential deals.
We feel Grange and von Proctor owe the public an answer: either the allegation is bogus and was just a slimy attempt to further smear Brown (a dude who really doesn't need help in that department) and strong-arm him into a settlement; or a woman was actually raped, and authorities need to know. If the incident occurred, and the victim was unconscious at the time, she would be especially dependent on witnesses to come forward.
We've been covering the insane hijinks of Brown and his associated hangers-on for years now, but we've never been so revolted.