Excerpts from Trial Transcript
Hemispherx v. Asensio
February 1, 2002.
 

Testimony of Gary Blick, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
New York Medical College
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Global Health Organization
 

DR. BLICK. [describing a phone call from Manuel Asensio]:  He told me he knew all about me.  He had researched all about me.  He knew I was very noted in my field.  And then he told me and asked me if I had any associations with Hemispherx, asked me if I was going to be doing any research.  He eventually then started telling me that Hemispherx was involved in all this fraud and all the results that I had know about were all fraudulent.  I had known about a new study that was presented in 1998.  I'm showing that Ampligen [Hemispherx's experimental drug] may have benefits with HIV drugs.  He told me that was fraudulent and then he proceeded to eventually threaten me.  And Mr. Asensio told me he could take me down if he wanted to [emphasis added].
 
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JUDGE SHEPPARD.   What did Mr. Asensio say to you [on the phone]?
 
DR. BLICK.  Mr. Asensio said he could take me down if he wanted to. And he said if I performed trials with Ampligen it would destroy my reputation. He demanded of me a letter by noontime that day stating, number one, that I thought Ampligen was toxic and not effective as a drug; and number two, that I would not be doing clinical trials with Hemispherx.