GOP Senator Accused of Lying to Police to Put Wife in Psych Ward
In a complaint filed on Monday, Mrs. D’Amato alleges that her estranged husband once had her hospitalized, falsely telling police and a judge that she had a history of psychiatric issues. Soon after, she claims, he was granted custody of their children, and she was coerced into accepting an agreement to only have supervised visitation.
According to the complaint obtained by Law&Crime, which you can read in full below, it all started when Mrs. D’Amato called 911 on Sept. 30, 2017, when she was afraid of a possible home intruder. The complaints says that when police arrived, Mr. D’Amato–who was staying in a downstairs bedroom–allegedly told them that Mrs. D’Amato was “crazy,” that she had “a prior psychiatric history, that she takes Lithium for a bi-polar disorder,” and that she “believed that ‘green lasers’ are being shot into the home.”
Mrs. D’Amato claims that these were false statements that led to her being kept South Nassau Communities Hospital in Long Island against her will from Sept. 30 until Oct. 2. The next day, the lawsuit says, she brought a divorce action. Soon after, Mr. D’Amato applied for protective orders that a judge signed, awarding him temporary custody of their children.
Mrs. D’Amato’s lawsuit makes many claims, including false imprisonment, defamation over statements related to the above allegations, and a claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), alleging that her husband worked in concert with his attorneys to make false representations to the court regarding the custody issue. Katuria D’Amato is also suing the hospital and its staff, claiming they did not properly treat or diagnose her, which led to her being kept improperly.
Mrs. D’Amato seeks $100 million in general and punitive damages.