Dr. David Dao left viewers disgusted at his treatment aboard a United flight.
Some new developments about the doctor who was dragged off of a United Airlines flight amid the terror of onlooking passengers have come to light.
The viral capture shows Dr. David Dao, 69, refusing to deplane after crew members ask that four people offer their seats up to stand-by United employees. His pleas and screams are heard as security officers pull him down the aisle prompting outrage from witnesses and social media.
Despite the public's sympathy for Dao, The New York Post has discovered that he has a sordid past which includes a conviction of trading sexual favors in exchange of prescription drugs for a male patient.
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure shows that Dao was arrested in 2003 for drug-related offenses after being targeted in an undercover investigation.
According to documents, Dr. Dao became close to one patient and eventually made him the office manager.
Multiple convictions in 2004 were handed down on Dao with felony counts including obtaining drugs fraudulently and deceitfully. Dao was placed on five years of supervised probation.
The medical board states that Dao and his male patient were sexually involved and would allegedly defraud local pharmacies together.
Dao was allowed to return to medicine in 2015 after he completed his probation and underwent psychological evaluations.
The Courier-Journal reports that Dao is originally from Vietnam where he completed medical school in the 1970s.
His wife is a pediatrician in Elizabethtown and four of their five children are doctors according to The Daily Mail.
Dao’s treatment aboard the United Airlines flight has come under heated criticism after a security guard allegedly slammed the doctor’s head into the armrest before yanking him out of the seat he refused to give up then towed him by the shirt down the cabin aisle.
United CEO Oscar Munoz made a public apology immediately after the video went viral, but according to The Daily Mail, praised employees privately for going "above and beyond."
Dao's lawyers released a statement yesterday saying he is resting and appreciative of the outpouring of concern.
“[He] wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received."
“Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment,” the statement added.
An investigation into the public relations nightmare is currently underway.