Nearly 48 hours after news broke internationally that retired Yale University psychiatry professor, Dr Eugene Redmond, sexually assaulted five students at the St Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation and conducted sickening “medical exams” of three other students, the federation’s prime minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris is yet to comment or issue a statement.
Redmond is a confidante, close associate and election campaign financer of the St Kitts and Nevis leader, multiple sources have confirmed. Prime Minister Harris’ nephew, Mr Alexis Nisbett is a manager of the St Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation and is chairman of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank.
A 54-page report commissioned by Yale released Tuesday found that Dr. D. Eugene Redmond — who retired from Yale School of Medicine last summer after 44 years at the university — assaulted five students at a research facility he operated in St. Kitts, beginning in the early 1990s.
The allegations against Redmond span decades, as two of the assaults and two of the exams took place in the early 1990s, while the remaining assaults and a third exam occurred between 2010 and 2017, according to a six-month investigation that included interviews of 110 witnesses, including 38 current and former students, most of whom were Yale undergrads.
Redmond retired in July 2018 as he faced university disciplinary proceedings after accusations were reported by a group of students. His attorney told Yale that a Stamford law firm needed to disclose the names of his accusers and the firm’s notes of interviews with those students to interview Redmond — which the firm denied, according to the report.
“We found the students’ accounts to be highly credible,” the report stated.
“When interviewed, the students were candid and straightforward; they neither embellished facts nor appeared vindictive.”
Some of the students said they “blocked out memories” of the assaults, but each incident was corroborated in part in writing or during interviews with relatives, friends or therapists of the students, the report found.
An attorney for Redmond — who has denied all of the allegations in previous reports — could not be reached Tuesday, the Yale Daily News reports.
University police and detectives in New Haven have reached out to police in St. Kitts regarding the allegations, Yale President Peter Salovey said.