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Her Boss Gave Her an Exam. Then Her TP Turned Purple

Gynecologist doesn't lose license after dyeing employee's vagina purple (yes, you read that right)
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2018 9:04 AM CDT
Updated Nov 3, 2018 6:35 AM CDT
Even the judge said "Oh, my God."   (Getty Images/andy206uk)

(Newser) – If "gynecologist keeps his license after dyeing employee's vagina purple as a 'joke'" isn't a headline that catches your attention, stop reading. For everyone else: This case out of Colorado, in which even the judge uttered an "oh my God," involves Dr. Barry King, formerly of Mesa County, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge Friday after an accusation by one of his ex-admins. Per the Daily Sentinel, the victim, a breast cancer survivor, told Judge Michael Grattan she'd found a vaginal lesion in 2017; her own doctor had retired, so she asked King, her boss, if he'd check it out. After the exam, he told her: "When you get home tonight, I want you to have [your husband] take a look at it." She was confused, but when she used the bathroom later, the TP turned purple. The next day, she said King acted "giddy," then admitted he'd dyed her vagina as "a joke" for her husband.

"I was sexually objectified as a prank on my husband in hopes that his penis would be stained purple," she told Grattan, adding King's "disgusting" actions included telling others at work about his prank. She added the only reason King wasn't hit with a more serious sexual assault charge was because "I cannot attest to the status of [my husband's] penis" (and prosecutors didn't think they could prove sexual intent). In court Friday, King didn't say anything, but his lawyer noted, "I know that if Dr. King could go back to January 2017, he wouldn't have acted in the way he did." His plea deal involves 100 hours of community service, a $500 donation to a child-sex-abuse victims group, and a written apology to his former staffer. On doctor ratings site Vitals.com, one commenter on a page seemingly for King simply remarked, "Who does that?" (This doctor balked at a patient's breastfeeding.)

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