Lincolnton OBGYN charged with rape suing accuser for slander

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. —

A Lincolnton OBGYN accused of raping a woman while she was under his care is now suing her for slander.

In October, police arrested John Marshall on rape, sex offense and conspiracy charges. A patient claimed he and another doctor assaulted her nearly 20 years ago.

She told police that Marshall drugged her in the emergency room and said she was helpless to stop the abuse.

But a new lawsuit claims Marshall never prescribed her anything in the E.R. and that a different doctor gave her medicine. The suit says she was still alert and conscious after taking it.

The lawsuit also says that multiple nurses noted the patient was "alert, oriented to person, place, time and situation," and that she was "calm and cooperative," and that her "anxiety was low."

The suit notes she complained of nausea at one point, but never complained about Marshall or said anything about rape.

The state medical board suspended Marshall's license indefinitely in 2011.

Since Marshall's arrest, Lincolnton's police chief said more women came forward with complaints against him, but he did not elaborate and there are no new charges against Marshall.

The initial charges are still pending.

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