FARGO (AP) - A Fargo doctor who has accused her husband and fellow doctor of drugging and raping her testified Tuesday that she didn't realize he was giving her propofol, the powerful anesthetic that gained notoriety during the investigation into pop star Michael Jackson's death.
Dr. Alonna Norberg told jurors in her second day on the stand that Dr. Jon Norberg said the drug was Diprivan, and she did not know it was the brand name for propofol. She denied claims by defense attorney Robert Hoy that she and her husband discussed using the drug for her numerous medical ailments after he researched medical journals.
"No, sorry, Mr. Hoy, I loved him. I thought he was the best surgeon in the world and trusted him," Alonna Norberg said. "I was sick. I was so sick. I don't need to go read a journal article. ... I'm just saying I trusted him. No, I'm sorry, I didn't go look at the journal articles. I wish I would have, because then I would have figured out that propofol is Diprivan."
Jon Norberg, an orthopedic surgeon, has pleaded not guilty to charges of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment. Hoy said in opening statements last week that Alonna Norberg made up the story to help her in a looming divorce and child custody case that would favor Jon Norberg because of her addiction to prescription drugs and mental health issues.
Alonna Norberg testified Tuesday she awoke on the night of June 16 to find her husband "rocking back and forth" on top of her and forcing her to perform oral sex. She said she felt like she was choking. As her husband slept the next morning, she videotaped the scene, which included a propofol bottle in it.
Hoy asked Alonna Norberg on several occasions whether there was anything in the video that proved Jon Norberg raped her.
"No, other than we shouldn't have Diprivan by the side of the bed," she said. Later she answered the same question, "I am a loving wife who woke up to Diprivan and a big syringe."
Hoy also asked why she didn't take any swabs of evidence or collect a rape kit.
"I was in panic," she said. "I wasn't going to do a rape kit on myself."
The defense attorney questioned the timing of events in the case. Hoy said Alonna Norberg and her sister tried to contact Patti Jensen, the woman who would become Alonna's divorce attorney, nearly a dozen times before the alleged assault on the evening of June 16-17. Alonna and the lawyer met in person on the afternoon of June 16.
"Me meeting with Patti Jensen on the 16th had nothing to do with what happened on the 17th," Alonna Norberg said.
Hoy also wondered about Alonna Norberg's recollection of events, picking out part of her report to police when she said the alleged rape was like a clip in time.
"You really don't know if this is a dream or a memory," Hoy said.
"Oh, I knew it was real," she snapped back.
The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes, but Alonna Norberg had spoken publicly before the trial, once to deny claims by her husband that she agreed to the medication as part of her treatment.
She reiterated that claim on Tuesday.
"My husband was not administerting propofol for chronic pain," she told Hoy.
Alonna Norberg is to continue testifying Wednesday.