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“I respect him for what he did in terms of his brains and creativity and what he built and his work ethic,” she said. “That doesn’t make him a good father. And I think that a lot of what he created after the time my mother died particularly was to divide Kenny and I, not to bring us together.”

Kenneth and Karen Feld had not communicated for years when Kenneth called his sister in September 2007 to let her know their 92-year-old aunt was dying and that she was welcome to attend services. They even hugged upon Karen’s arrival at the shiva.

That’s where their shared version of events ends. Karen Feld’s lawsuit explains that she had long suffered stress-induced seizure-like symptoms from previous brain injuries. The suit says her dog was trained to detect an attack coming on and signal that she should retreat to a dark, quiet place.

Karen Feld says as the rabbi began the service, she detected signs of a seizure coming on and tried to retreat to a back bathroom. Her complaint says “large, aggressive men” hauled her out of the apartment, threw her and her dog out the service entrance onto the marble floor in the hallway and beat her with fists. She says she erupted into a seizure-like episode and began swearing in “Tourette’s-like speech.”

She says her brother then came into the hall, threw her purse at her and told the three men, “Get rid of her. She is not family.”

“He was directing that as if he was directing one of his shows _ very calmly, just stood there and said that,” she said in the AP interview.

She says two of the men dragged her onto the elevator, beat her and sexually groped her on the ride down, repeatedly slammed her on the elevator railing and ripped her right ear lobe until it bled. She said they dragged her across the lobby and threw her and her dog on the asphalt driveway. She says no one responded to her 911 call, so she eventually pulled herself to her Lexus and drove to an emergency room to be treated for the injured earlobe, fractured ribs and elbow, damage to her vision, a concussion, neck and back strains and other injuries.

Kenneth Feld responds that during the shiva only the den, dining room, living room and adjacent front bathroom were open to guests, and his sister tried to sneak toward a bedroom where family heirlooms and financial documents had been stored. One guard said in court filings that Kenneth Feld’s wife, Bonnie, instructed them not to allow Karen into the back rooms for fear she’d take something.

Kenneth Feld’s counterclaim says when a guard confronted his sister, she “exploded in a rage,” began yelling profanities and threw a glass of wine at him. He says her outburst prompted a pregnant catering chef to hide behind a table and forced the rabbi to stop the service.

He says his sister continued to yell as she was escorted into the hall and that he tried to step out and calm her, but she swung at him and missed. Kenneth Feld says he re-entered the apartment because he was upsetting her more and then she was escorted from the building, but he denies she was beaten by guards. One guard made an assault claim against Karen Feld for kicking him but declined to pursue it and a warrant for her arrest was dropped. Kenneth Feld says his sister was quickly discharged from the hospital and instructed to take over-the-counter pain killers.

Karen Feld says it’s in nobody’s interest to air their family’s laundry and she would prefer to have settled without a public trial. But she said she will do whatever it takes to get her life back and feel safe.

“It is hard to believe that we could come from the same parents genetically and be so different and that a brother could do this to his only sister,” Karen Feld said. “We don’t have to be the best of friends, but a normal relationship. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that he would have me assaulted after inviting me to a house of mourning.”