Shocking information is being revealed about the doctor who was violently dragged off an United Airlines flight on Sunday.
People around the world were in complete and utter disgust on Monday when a video hit the web of Dr. David Dao being forcefully removed from the seat he paid for.
After overbooking the flight from Chicago to Louisville, the airlines chose the doctor at random to give up his seat. But things took a disturbing turn when he didn’t comply.
According to the airlines, Dao became belligerent when he was asked to leave the aircraft. That’s when officers ferociously grabbed him, pulled him over three armrests, busted his lip and dragged him down the aisle. Per the airlines, he was not complying with standard procedure.
Although the man was wildly mistreated and the airline’s actions were completely inexcusable, new details about the doctor’s past might alter opinion about the victim.
Here are five shocking revelations about Dr. Dao.
According to TMZ, Dao was 1. “charged in 2005 with 98 felony drug counts for illegally prescribing and trafficking painkillers.” Apparently, prosecutors accused the doctor of fraudulently filling prescriptions for “hydocodone, Oxycontin and Percocet.”
2. That same year, Dao was given 5 years probation after being convicted on 6 felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit.
3. Dao’s past also apparently includes being convicted for “writing prescriptions and checks to a patient in exchange for sex.”
4. Following the string of legal woes, in February 2005, Dao “surrendered his license to practice medicine in Kentucky.” But ten years later, the medical board “lifted the suspension and allowed him to practice medicine again.”
5. Fast forward to one year later, in 2016, the medical board put restriction on his practice. Now, according to TMZ, Dao can “only practice internal medicine in an outpatient facility one day a week.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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