BEND, Ore. — An Oregon man suffering from depression because of his failing marriage consulted his family physician, who suggested ways to improve his relationship and prescribed him marijuana and CBD.
However, that patient now claims the doctor was having an affair with his wife and has filed a $2.9 million lawsuit alleging professional negligence.
Peirson Tone, 47, of Bend, filed the action Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court against the doctor, Ronald Rosen, The Bulletin of Bend reported.
“As a result of (Rosen’s) conduct, plaintiff sustained emotional distress including … the loss of his marriage and emotional and social destruction of his family,” the lawsuit alleges.
Rosen did not return messages left at his office, The Bulletin reported.
According to the complaint, Tone, his wife and two children received medical care at Rosen’s clinic, Open Paths Integrative Medicine, from 2015 to 2018. At some point, the complaint alleges, Rosen began a relationship with Tone’s wife.
In November 2018, Tone, who goes by his middle name, Franchot, and is the grandson of Hollywood actor Franchot Tone, went to Rosen to treat his depression, The Bulletin reported. According to the complaint, Tone, a local musician and financial adviser, attributed his depression to the stress in his marriage.
According to the lawsuit, Rosen counseled Tone and prescribed him herbs and breathing techniques to aid in combating his depression. He also prescribed marijuana and CBD, The Bulletin reported.
According to the complaint, Tone learned after his visit that Rosen had been involved with his wife for an “extended” period of time. Tone and his wife later divorced, The Bulletin reported.
Tone’s attorney, James D. Huegli, declined to comment, the newspaper reported.