Top Belfast-born doctor is accused of keeping immigrant as sex slave
An Ulster-born doctor has been accused of sexually abusing a Chinese immigrant and forcing her into years of manual labour at his flat on New York's swanky Fifth Avenue.
A lawsuit has been filed against Dr Derek Enlander by Hongxia Wang (57), a former beauty parlour employee, according to the New York Post newspaper.
She alleges that the wealthy Belfast-born doctor and his late diamond dealer wife Caron promised they would pay Ms Wang $80 an hour for beauty treatments - but instead, the couple subjected her to more than a decade of forced labour and sexual abuse in the years from 2000 to 2011.
Ms Wang alleges that the couple treated her as a 'slave', forcing her to clean their boat and prepare meals for them, as well as being coerced into sex.
The former nail and hair salon worker claims she was Mrs Enlander's lover until 2003, and that in 2007 - after Mrs Enlander died from cancer - Dr Enlander began to force himself on her.
She is seeking damages, with the amount to be determined at trial, according to the New York Post report.
Dr Enlander's lawyer Tom Mullaney told the newspaper: "Dr Enlander refutes the allegations and we are confident he will be vindicated."
A former pupil of Belfast Royal Academy, Dr Enlander trained at medical school in Dublin and at Stanford University in the USA during the 1980s.
He specialises in the treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and has built a considerable international reputation in the field.
According to his website, Dr Enlander is a former Physician in Waiting to the Royal Family and to senior members of the British Government.
The ME specialist is also on the faculty of Mount Sinai Medical School and is an attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York.
In 2012, Dr Enlander gave a lecture at the launch of the ME Alliance Northern Ireland.
Around 400 ME patients, carers and medical professionals attended the lecture, at which Dr Enlander talked about his clinical practice and his research with ME patients at Mount Sinai Medical Centre.