A Florida doctor who was caught on video shouting obscenities at a patient in a clinic waiting room said he “overreacted” but that the viral video didn’t capture what he called abusive behavior by the woman beforehand.
“I make no excuses for my unacceptable behavior,” Peter Gallogly of the Gainesville After-Hours Clinic said in a statement released Wednesday, the Gainesville Sun reported. “But please appreciate that the videotape is but the last minute or two of a very abusive tirade against my office staff by the two women.”
Gallogly was referring to patient Jessica Stipe and her teen daughter, who took the video on her cellphone.
Gallogly said Stipe, who was upset over a long wait for treatment, spoke abusively toward his office staff, including using obsenities and threatening violence, the Sun reported. He also said Stipe’s copayment had been refunded but that she refused to leave the clinic despite being asked repeatedly to do so.
Earlier this week, Gainesville police said they had opened a criminal investigation into Gallogly’s actions.
During the argument in the waiting room, Gallogly is seen charging toward Stipe, shouting and jabbing a pointed finger toward her face.
“Go to the ER and wait nine hours!” he yells at one point. “Get the f*** out of my office. Now.”
Stipe, who said her symptoms were later diagnosed as pneumonia, said Gallogly snatched her daughter’s phone out of her hand when he realized the girl was recording.
Stipe posted the video on Monday night on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.