Oh brother, this is a sad, sad story that came across Channel 5 KXAS-TV Wednesday night. In fact, it is almost unbelieveable. Involves one of the most renown plastic surgeons in town, and a respected developer. Check it out for yourself:
A wealthy Dallas real estate developer claims in a lawsuit that his wife had an affair with her plastic surgeon, secretly sold a $1.1 million diamond to promote a book and planned to replace the diamond with cubic zirconia.
The wife, who filed for divorce last month, separately claims her husband tried to extort $10 million from the plastic surgeon and threatened to ruin his reputation before suing him.
The suit, filed in Dallas County District Court by developer Lucien “Luke” Crosland, names Dr. Rodney Rohrich and UT Southwestern Medical Center, where Rohrich is professor and chairman of the plastic surgery department.
According to his website, Rohrich is “an internationally renowned expert in plastic surgery and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best doctors in America.”
Crosland alleges the diamond was sold to pay for travel and hotel rooms to promote a book on plastic surgery that his wife Mary and Rohrich had written called “Navigate Your Beauty.”
Crosland heads the Crosland Group, which built the ilume development, a luxury apartment and retail complex in Oak Lawn. It also includes more than 22,500 square feet of retail shops on the ground floor.
Why am I telling you about this? Because Luke Crosland is a successful real estate developer, who has developed the ilume, the ilume II, owns the SW corner of Northwest Highway and Preston, and is developing Highland House in Preston Center, which heads to the Dallas Plan Commission later today.