Tampa Bay Rays, an American skilled baseball crew primarily based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has sacked the crew’s doctor on allegation of sexual assault.
A girl alleged by way of a YouTube video that 67-year-old Dr. Michael Reilly, sexually harassed and abused her when she was 16.
Reilly was dismissed by the crew and reported to the police after the YouTube video was uploaded on Jan. 17 by a 26-year-old lady, Brianna Rah.
Rah claimed the physician sexually abused her and barraged her with undesirable sexual advances when she was 16 years outdated and labored in his workplace.
“We have very not too long ago develop into conscious of the video accusing Dr. Reilly of sexually abusing a former worker of his medical observe.
“We have ended our contractual relationship with him, and we have alerted the St. Petersburg Police Department and Major League Baseball of this situation,” John Higgins, normal counsel and senior vp of administration, stated in an announcement to ABC News.
The St. Petersburg Police Department stated it’s investigating the allegations made within the video.
“It’s our duty to review allegations like this,” Sandra Bentil, a spokeswoman for the police division, informed ABC News. “We’re just in the fact-finding stages right now.”
Reilly didn’t return a request for remark from ABC News on Wednesday. A girl who answered the cellphone at his workplace in St. Petersburg stated he was busy seeing sufferers.
In an announcement to ABC station WFTS in Tampa Bay, Reilly stated, “I deny allegations of sexual abuse.”
“We did, however, have a consensual relationship when she was an adult, which I regret,” he stated within the assertion. “I’ve dedicated my life to medicine and making our community a better place to live, so having my reputation tarnished in this manner is disturbing.”
“The video has already had serious repercussions for me and my family. As a result, I am consulting with legal counsel, and I am not in a position to say anything further at this time.”
The video is titled “The Importance of Sharing My Story of Sexual Abuse” — the girl alleges that Reilly inappropriately touched her and tried to kiss her when she was working for him at his St. Petersburg observe as a teen.
Source : ABC News