Fargo doctor accused of drugging, raping then-wife sues her for defamation
FARGO--A Fargo doctor acquitted in November 2012 of drugging and raping his then-wife is countersuing after her medical malpractice case against him was dismissed in May. Jon Norberg was found not guilty by a Cass County District Court jury after...
FARGO--A Fargo doctor acquitted in November 2012 of drugging and raping his then-wife is countersuing after her medical malpractice case against him was dismissed in May.
Jon Norberg was found not guilty by a Cass County District Court jury after a trial in which his now ex-wife Alonna Norberg alleged he drugged her with propofol before sexually assaulting her.
Jon Norberg accused her of lying in the criminal case because he was divorcing her and she wanted custody of their three children.
The criminal case at the time cost Norberg his medical license, which was reinstated after jurors wrote to state medical board officials on his behalf.
He was awarded custody of their children in the subsequent divorce trial by a Cass County judge.
Alonna Norberg also filed a medical malpractice case against Jon Norberg during the criminal case, and now he has filed a countersuit in the same case.
A trial is set for July 20.
Jon Norberg's pretrial statement in his lawsuit against his ex-wife says her criminal case and divorce case against him defamed him, and cost him huge legal fees and lost wages.
Alonna Norberg's medical malpractice case was dismissed with prejudice in May by Cass County District Court Judge Frank Racek. A dismissal with prejudice means the plaintiff can't sue again on the same grounds, as the judge believes the case has no merit.
In her response to the defamation case, Alonna Norberg argues her allegations against her ex-husband are true, regardless of the outcome of both the criminal case and the divorce.
Norberg said Tuesday he hopes to be awarded damages for his legal fees and other losses.
He hopes the case can come to a settlement, and that it won't be deemed newsworthy anymore.
"I'm very tired of this," he said. "I'm hoping ... that we can walk away from it all, and spare my kids."