PORTLAND, Maine – The lawyer for an orphanage founder accused of sexually abusing boys in Haiti has gotten into a heated confrontation with the man's chief accuser, shouting "Shut up!" as the sides met in Maine for a deposition in a defamation lawsuit.
The tense exchange erupted Thursday in a lobby where Paul Kendrick suggested that the truth was being covered up and that orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld left Haiti illegally. Geilenfeld's lawyer advised his client not to answer any questions and angrily told Kendrick's lawyer to "get him under control!"
Geilenfeld has denied abusing children. He founded the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in Port-Au-Prince in 1985. Criminal charges had been dropped in Haiti, but a new trial was ordered last month.
He and Hearts of Haiti are suing Kendrick for defamation.