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The high-profile lawyer Martin Phipps, who was arrested on Monday, is accused of molesting his then wife so much that she fled the country in fear for her life, reports KSAT, citing police documents.
The 51-year-old Phipps, whose company represents Bexar County in his billion-dollar opioid suit, is charged with misdemeanor charges for telephone harassment of a woman he was briefly married to, according to the broadcaster.
On Monday, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department confirmed the arrest of the stream but did not provide any further details.
Phipps – a well-known partner at Phipps Deacon and Purnell and owner of the posh downtown Paramour bar – was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.
The victim told SAPD investigators that she fled to Mexico the day after Christmas after confronting Phipps, reports KSAT. She said Phipps appeared to have used drugs and was acting “in an aggressive and agitated state,” according to the cited warrant.
After the woman left, Phipps sent her around 40 electronic messages over a two-day period to “humiliate, harass, alert and torment her,” the station reports, referring again to SAPD documents. She returned to the US last month and requested to be lifted, according to the report.
Events appear to be followed up with court records cited in an Express News article showing that Phipps and his then-paralegal Brenda I. Vega married on December 19 and were annulled 34 days later.
The 26-year-old Vega claimed in her court case that Phipps had “induced” her [her] enter into the marriage by force, ”reports the daily newspaper.
Phipps’ arrest comes after attorney TJ Mayes, former chief of staff to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and other Phipps employees resigned in January declaring it was a hostile workplace. Mayes also filed complaints against Phipps with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Bar Association.
District Judge Nelson Wolff told Current last week that he had asked District Attorney Larry Roberson to investigate what effect the allegations against Phipps could have on an upcoming settlement of his opioid lawsuit. However, he stressed that the investigation was a civil and not a criminal investigation of Phipps.
After Mayes made the allegations, Wolff appointed attorney Mikal Watts as co-attorney on the opioid case so that he could make future decisions.
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