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DOCTOR DISPUTES REPORT OF FLASHBACK TO PARK RAPE

The chief doctor for the Central Park jogger has played down a report that suggested an outburst by the woman was a flashback to her assault last month.

The New York Post, quoting unnamed sources, said Tuesday morning the 28-year-old woman was thrashing around in her bed Sunday and when nurses restrained her, she reportedly said, "Leave me alone! You're the (expletive) who did this to me."

Tuesday afternoon, Metropolitan Hospital Center released a statement from Dr. Robert S. Kurtz that said "at times . . . the patient was agitated and did require sedation" but "none of the responsible people present during this episode felt that the patient was having flashbacks."

The woman was beaten and raped by a gang of youths April 19 as she jogged through Central Park. She remained in a coma for two weeks and suffered brain damage, doctors have said.

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