Authorities in Miami are saying a plastic surgeon went on a rage over a post he saw on his girlfriend’s Facebook page, attacking her and physically abusing her repeatedly over several hours, says the Miami Herald on May 8.
The doctor, 41-year-old Orlando Llorente, allegedly forced his girlfriend’s head into a toilet and stuffed a gag rag into the woman’s mouth and throat.
Llorente was charged Wednesday with kidnapping, attempted murder and other charges. He was being held Thursday without bail in the Miami-Dade County jail.
According to Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes, Llorente grabbed his 36-year-old girlfriend by the hair on April 21, took her into the bathroom and stuck her head in the toilet.
In the complaint filed against Llorente, his girlfriend said he also forced her into the bathtub, stuffed a rag in her mouth and poured water over her face – a form of waterboarding torture that simulates drowning.
Police didn’t say what was in the Facebook posting that prompted the attack, which authorities said lasted more than 16 hours. The woman was let go after promising Llorente she wouldn’t tell anyone what happened.
Llorente’s attorney, Marcos Beaton, said his client surrendered voluntarily to police and wants to clear his name.
“He reached out to law enforcement, through his lawyers, when these false allegations surfaced. We are disappointed that our requests for more time in which to present a thorough and thoughtful examination into the source of the allegations and the facts surrounding them was declined,” Beaton said, according to The Miami Herald.