OREM — Prosecutors filed criminal charges Monday against an Orem plastic surgeon accused of tying up his girlfriend in a bedroom closet.
Dr. Joseph Berg, 47, was charged in 4th District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of use of a firearm by a restricted person, all third-degree felonies, and misdemeanor assault.
On Nov. 6, Orem police received a 911 call and responded to Berg's house. When they arrived, they heard a 48-year-old woman crying and in distress. Police broke down the front door and said they found a woman with her hands and wrists taped together and tied to a dresser in the closet.
Two days after the incident, however, the woman claimed the incident was being blown out of proportion and said she was never abused.
Berg is a cosmetic surgeon who owns the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute and Day Spa in Orem.
In an interview to tell his side of the story, Berg said his girlfriend had been drinking and he restrained her to prevent her from driving. The day before, however, the girlfriend said the two had been arguing. She said Berg thought she was cheating and tied her up to keep her from running away.
We've all seen stories where things like this happen where the police and the media, I know police sell information to the media. It's a big money maker. It sensationalizes getting the big bust on the famous plastic surgeon.
The woman's friend earlier described a much darker relationship with previous threats. The doctor said that was not true and accused the media of paying her to tell that story. He also suspected the police of a similar motive.
"We've all seen stories where things like this happen where the police and the media, I know police sell information to the media. It's a big money maker. It sensationalizes getting the big bust on the famous plastic surgeon," Berg said.
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