Woman sues Milford psychiatrist
By Daniel Tepfer
October 11, 2013
But “things were getting stranger and stranger,” she claims in a lawsuit filed in state Superior Court against Dr. Ljudmil Kljusev.
“One time he was on his cellphone with his wife,” the woman recounted. “I had my hair up and I have a tattoo on my neck. While he talked with his wife, he moved my hair and kissed my tattoo … I felt bad for her,” she states in court documents.
She claims later Kljusev began to force himself on her sexually but she resisted and left the office.
Last September Kljusev, who has an office on Naugatuck Avenue, was reprimanded and fined $15,000 by the state Medical Examining Board for sending personal texts to a female patient and calling her “Sweety.”
While the identities of the female patient and the woman in the lawsuit are not disclosed, Kljusev said Friday they are the same woman.
He denied acting inappropriately with any patients stating that the medical board never got to hear his side of the story.
His assistant, Darlene Lohnes, went further, claiming the doctor is the victim of cultural discrimination.
Kljusev, who is board-certified in psychiatry, is from Macedonia and speaks with a thick accent.
“I have worked with the doctor for two years and I have never once seen anything inappropriate,” said Lohnes. “It’s a shame what they are doing to him. He didn’t do anything wrong.”
Kljusev said when the woman in the complaints came to him, she had a severe drug addiction and had previously been hospitalized.
“She was unstable and a substance abuser, and I was keeping her stable. She was very damaged,” he said.
He said he believes she made the complaints because she wanted him to give her drugs, but he refused. As far as the “Sweety,” allegation, both the doctor and Lohnes said she asked them to refer to her as Sweety rather than her real name.
Thomas Minogue, who represents the woman in the lawsuit, declined comment.
According to court documents, the woman underwent a psychiatric evaluation by another psychiatrist, who determined she was telling the truth regarding Kljusve’s conduct toward her and there is a basis for bringing a malpractice action against him.
The medical board stated in its ruling that it considered the behavior, including texting the patient and calling her Sweety, a violation of professional boundaries.
Diane Wilan, a lawyer for the state Department of Public Health, said the same patient claimed Kljusev also made sexual advances to her, but the state dismissed that portion of the complaint as unfounded.