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MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) - The woman who accused a Monroe psychiatrist of raping her is speaking out for the first time.
Twenty-six-year-old Holly Hord, a mother of two, filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Abdullahi Mohamed Wednesday seeking $10,000,000 in damages.
She tried not to cry as she stood by her attorney and pleaded with other potential sexual assault victims to come forward.
"Please, don't let this man intimidate you, because I let him do it to me for months," said Hord.
Hord said Dr. Mohamed raped her during a session at his office in Frenchtown Township. Michigan State Police arrested him after she reported the alleged assault in May. Her attorney claimed Dr. Mohamed traded sex for drugs.
“I trusted him completely with my life, giving me medicine that was supposed to make me better,” said Hord. She said that he forced himself on her and took advantage of her.
“Finally, I had to come forward, and there's so many girls who have come forward since then, and I hope if there's any more, please go to the state police and let them know what’s going on," said Hord.
Prosecutors charged the 58-year-old with criminal sexual conduct in May. Hord said had been seeing Dr. Mohamed for a while without any problems, but then for some reason his behavior changed late last year.
“Up until December time period he was a normal person. His behavior just made a complete switch around that period,” said Hord.
So far eight other victims have gone to Michigan State Police with similar stories of sexual assault.
Dr. Mohamed was on staff at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe when the allegations first made headlines. The Dearborn Heights man had been a psychiatrist in the Monroe area for the past ten years.
When Dr. Mohamed appeared in court on the charges last month he told the judge he was not currently practicing anywhere.
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