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Doctor who sued Trump accused of sexual assault by apparent ex-girlfriend on Twitter (updated)
#MedTwitter users are rallying behind the woman.
Editor’s note: This story contains depictions of sexual assault.
Eugene Gu, the doctor famous for successfully suing President Donald Trump for blocking him on Twitter, has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who says she’s his ex.
The woman, a medical student who goes by the username @DoctorMeowskis detailed her months-long relationship with Gu in a Twitter thread on Wednesday. She said that in addition to sexually assaulting her, Gu spent months impersonating a woman and talking to her through a now-deleted fake account.
I'm freaking out now knowing my ex boyfriend was tormenting me with a fake female account. Sending me DMs obsessing over him, asking intimate details about my sex life, and then trying to convince me they slept together.— Student Dr. Meow (@DoctorMeowskis) July 10, 2018
I'm going to be sick.
According to @DoctorMeowskis’ posts, she and Gu developed a relationship after Gu found her through #GirlMedTwitter, a hashtag @DoctorMeowski created to empower women in the medical field. Gu began texting her frequently and said they would be Twitter’s “power couple.” @DoctorMeowskis said that because of her recent breakup with an emotionally distant ex-boyfriend, she felt comforted by Gu’s affection and attention.
She described his obsession with Twitter and the beginning of his controlling behavior.
At the same time, @DoctorMeowskis began receiving messages from a woman named Mary Laury who claimed to be a surgeon. Things with Laury soon became “really weird.” Laury was obsessed with Gu and had “printed [Gu’s] photo and put it on her wall to admire.” Laury also asked for intimate details about @DoctorMeowski and Gu’s relationship. Laury made @DoctorMeowskis feel “uneasy.” Laury also claimed to know Gu in real life.
All this time she was prying if I was dating this surgeon, I told her no because I don't want my dating life all over Twitter until I'm ready to post about it. She then said he was going to be her next conquest. Though I always had an eerie sense she knew we were dating— Student Dr. Meow (@DoctorMeowskis) July 10, 2018
@DoctorMeowskis said she continued communicating with Gu, who frequently complained about his job at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She said she advised him to stop posting about his job. (Gu was released from the center earlier this year due to issues concerning his “work performance and professionalism,” though he claimed he was fired for speaking out against white supremacy.)
After a couple of months of talking, Gu invited the @DoctorMeowskis to visit him and said she could shadow him at work, according to her posts.
@DoctorMeowskis said she spent the next few days in his apartment and finally had the chance to go out on a date with him on Valentine’s Day.
The two returned to his apartment, where she said he forced himself on her.
@DoctorMeowski said the next morning Gu made no mention of the previous night and instead gushed about how excited he was for her to meet his mom. She said she returned home and began receiving “intense” messages from Laury about her sex life with Gu.
Gu made comments to her about being her future husband and later made plans to visit her but backed out, claiming he was called into court. After she doubted his excuse, he blocked her.
Laury then reached out to @DoctorMeowskis that Gu was upset and that she was going to fly to see him.
The following day, Laury sent @DoctorMeowskis “disgustingly graphic details” of Laury and Gu’s meetup, which Gu denied. @DoctorMeowskis told him that they were better off friends. He responded by bragging about his new girlfriend, who was “younger” and “had lots of Twitter followers.”
Gu’s Instagram account shows an apparent girlfriend who appears in multiple photos with him from April 3 onward.
He convinced me I felt that way because I was jealous, was I? He was a successful surgeon who I ended things with and if this supposed famous girl wanted him, had I messed up?— Student Dr. Meow (@DoctorMeowskis) July 10, 2018
@DoctorMeowskis posted screenshots of her conversations with Laury and said she never blocked her because her account “legitimately scared” her. @DoctorMeowskis did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.
These are some of the screenshots. Remember I didn't want "her" to think I was dating the surgeon so I tried to play it cool. I did tell "her" that I heard he was seeing someone, trying to dissuade "her" pic.twitter.com/N178Y3NccH— Student Dr. Meow (@DoctorMeowskis) July 10, 2018
Though @DoctorMeowskis never directly named Gu in her thread, an earlier tweet implied that he was the ex-boyfriend in question. Gu, who is known as a prominent liberal social media activist, maintained his innocence in a tweet alluding to the woman’s accusations and claimed that he was being targeted for “speaking out.”
Since speaking out, I've been falsely accused of selling baby parts, murder, wife beating, false imprisonment, and more. After taking the knee to fight racism, I was fired. My private life has been distorted and miscontrued—with many falsehoods taken as fact. But I am innocent.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 11, 2018
He also sent messages about @DoctorMeowskis’ post to Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who voiced her support for the woman. She said that he sent her and other women “conflicting stories” about the allegations. Gu did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment at the time of this posting.
He's DMed me about it. pic.twitter.com/J8VvgiE9ZP— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) July 11, 2018
Here's another screenshot I took just now with the current time displayed on my phone. And the notification about my flight later today. I'm not making this up. pic.twitter.com/L4hlQB4qgD— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) July 11, 2018
Several users also accused Gu of using the Mary Laury account to attack those who disagreed with him. In one incident, Laury accused a user who goes by Dr. Glaucomflecken, an ophthalmologist and writer for GomerBlog, of racism.
For those not following: @DGlaucomflecken was accused of racism because his avatar is an ophthalmoscope dressed in a top hat. His accuser was @marylaurymd which turned out to be a dummy account that @eugenegu used to harass @DoctorMeowskis (whom he assaulted in real life). https://t.co/RE0hT19uZR— Jason Woods (@jwoodsmd) July 10, 2018
I’ve done extensive searching. That person is a creation of Eugene Gu. He’s had varying interactions with an account that has changed names from Margaret lau to Mary lau to Mary laury over the year. None of those are physicians or even residents, and this goes back to Jan 2017. pic.twitter.com/82yvhNOe9p— Ben (@be_nMD) July 10, 2018
1. @eugenegu did you fabricate the Mary Laury, MD account and use it to prop up your personal account?— Sacral Decubitus (@SDecubitus) July 10, 2018
The Chronicle, a student newspaper at Duke University, published an article Wednesday morning revealing that Gu’s ex-wife was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against him in 2015. Gu denied the claims of domestic abuse and told the news outlet that his criminal records had been expunged. This news came weeks after Donald Trump Jr. sent out a tweet calling the doctor a “wife beater.”
Update 7:00am CT, July 12: In a long Twitter thread Thursday morning, Gu responded to the allegations and told his “full side of the story.”
While incredibly hard for me, I’m going to tell you my full side of the story. I shared all the text messages, voicemails, and other evidence with a Washington Post reporter who, if it comes to it, can verify all the details I am about to describe below. There’s proof. (THREAD)— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
His gives a different version of the events that transpired when @DoctorMeowskis came to visit him, including saying she made unwanted sexual advances toward him and that he slept at the hospital several of the nights she was in town to avoid being in bed with her.
She took off my pants and tried to go on top of me to have sex but she is a lot bigger and heavier than me and I couldn’t easily breathe. I wasn’t putting up any resistance but I felt disgusted. We started to go sideways and I tried to picture my then-fiancé but I still...— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
...couldn’t maintain an erection for long and we stopped. I ended up sleeping and so did she. When we woke up, we got something to eat at a restaurant before I had to spend that night in the hospital again. I felt really disgusted but tried to hide it and move on.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
That’s the only time we met in person but soon our Twitter chats devolved into periodic unwanted sexual advances from her. She would also request over and over for us to meet again or for me to visit her. I did my best to finds ways around this and avoid another sexual encounter.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
Later in the thread, he concedes to using the Mary Laury account to DM the woman. He says, “In hindsight this was immature of me and I regret the way I used it,” but explains he used it to corroborate details of a trip he’d made up.
This is where Mary Laury comes in. In the beginning, it was an anonymous account people close to me created to address the trolling issues I was encountering from Trump supporters on Twitter. After a while I also shared access of this account to help combat the trolls.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
I used the Mary Laury account not to harass or stalk her but to corroborate the fact that I would be in DC for the weekend. In hindsight this was immature of me and I regret the way I used it, but I was desperate to find a way for her to believe me that I was unable to visit her.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
I intentionally used the burner account obnoxiously to turn her off from me and drive a wedge between us romantically. I wanted to somehow steer us into being just friends without her retaliating against me for rejecting her sexual advances. It was immature, but it worked.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
Gu includes screenshots of a text message thread with a contact labeled Laurazapam (who he says is @DoctorMeowskis) as evidence “she would still proposition me for sex in very uncomfortable ways.”
I tried my best to maintain our relationship as strictly platonic at this point but she would still proposition me for sex in very uncomfortable ways that were just awkward and unwanted. pic.twitter.com/Q6ViI7awLH— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
He says their last correspondence was a text of “???!?!?” after Donald Trump Jr. accused Gu of domestic violence.
Then a few days after Donald Trump Jr. attacked me as a “wife beater,” she texted me out of the blue with the picture below showing my false domestic violence allegations and other defamatory information. All she said in the text was “???!?!?.” I was offended and didn’t respond. pic.twitter.com/SlfdFMlGYD— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
After that, when I started tweeting about the July Effect for interns entering teaching hospitals all at once on July 1, it somehow angered the #MedTwitter community like a hive of bees. I then called out @DGlaucomflecken for a racist comment which angered her and the community.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
That’s when all hell broke loose and she falsely accused me of sexual assault and other horrendous allegations. It pains me deeply to expose such private and embarassing details like this but I had to clear my name. Reporters were even asking me to comment on my sexual assault.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
The thread concludes with his assessment of the #MeToo movement: “It’s about all human beings who are victimized by sexual assault or sexual harassment. Men can be victimized by women too.”
In summary, the #MeToo movement is not about women vs. men or men vs. women. It’s about all human beings who are victimized by sexual assault or sexual harassment. Men can be victimized by women too. And false accusations without due process is a weapon of terror.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 12, 2018
The thread begins here. Gu says he’s shared all the relevant text messages and voicemails with a Washington Post reporter.
This story has been updated for clarity.
Kristina Nguyen is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. She is studying journalism and American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously contributed to Orange magazine and Silk Club's QUIET! zine.