A millionairess accused of trying to “seduce” a celebrity dermatologist, during alleged campaign of harassment, has stated in court that she was trying to seek redress for bungled treatment.
It is alleged that Patricia Bailey bombarded Dr Philippe Hamida-Pisal with a barrage of phone calls and texts between 25th October and 13th December 2019. Ththe 70-year old property developer is accused of showing up without warning at the cosmetics expert’s Harley Street clinic, and following him home, in an attempt to seduce him.
The Liverpool businesswoman appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court and spoke only to confirm her name and deny the charge of harassment without violence. Ms Bailey’s lawyer, Robert Katz, argued that she would claim the doctor had bumbled a cosmetic procedure and she had returned to the clinic to have the situation remedied. She also claimed that Dr Hamida-Pisal was not qualified to carry out the unspecified treatment he gave her and that he invented the allegation of harassment to conceal his own wrongdoing.
Dr Hamida-Pisal, from France, serves as president of the UK’s Society of Mesotherapy, and is described on his website as a “world expert in medical aesthetics and a pioneer of an anti-ageing treatment. His website states, “In the exceptional and luxuriously space, a private haven of well-being, you can experience sumptuous, state-of-the-art treatments representing the ultimate alliance of science and nature.”
Dr Hamida-Pisal claims that his “daily life has changed” following the alleged behaviour of Ms Bailey and the court heard he is “very concerned” that she allegedly “followed him to his home address turned up at his workplace unannounced”. It was alleged that she also “called him non-stop”, sent multiple text messages to him, and contacted his colleagues.
Ms Bailey’s lawyer responded by saying Ms Bailey argued her conduct did not amount to harassment and that some allegations against her were untrue. Outlining her defence, he said, “He (Dr Hamida-Pisal) wasn’t qualified and in fact botched a treatment on her and she was trying to find some redress for that. The doctor has made false allegations that she was trying to seduce him and that he’s made this up to cover up what is in effect his malpractice and malfeasance.”
Chairman of the bench, Mr Paul Brooks, released her on conditional bail. She must not contact Dr Hamida-Pisal or visit the Harley Street clinic. Her trial will begin at on 2nd November at Hendon magistrates’ court.