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United Press International
Dateline: San Diego
December 23, 1981

A psychiatrist who was ordered to pay $2.5 million to a woman for having sex with her during therapy sessions Wednesday was accused in another sex-therapy lawsuit of breaking up the marriage of a San Diego couple.

Dr. Robert Gardner, who recently began a residency in psychiatry at University of California at San Diego, filed the suit against Dr. Zane Parzen in Superior Court.

Gardner said in the medical malpractice suit that Parzen had sex with his wife during therapy sessions from 1977 to 1980. He said his wife went to the psychiatrist three or four times a week during that period.

Gardner accused Parzen in the suit of contributing to his separation from his wife in 1978 and his divorce in October 1980.

Earlier this year, a jury found Parzen liable for $4.6 million in damages in a suit filed by Evelyn B. Walker, 41, of La Jolla. She also claimed Parzen had sex with her during $55-an-hour therapy sessions and that it led to the breakup of her marriage.

On Dec. 5, Mrs. Walker accepted a $2.5 million cash settlement in the case.

Parzen was suspended from his practice earlier in the year by a state licensing board.