Yue Yu: lawyer calls accusations of poisoning husband with Drano a "set up", now ordered to stay away from kids

Lavinia Thompson

She is a wife, mother, and respected dermatologist who lived with her husband and kids in a $2.7 million mansion, but is now accused of poisoning her husband by pouring Drano in his lemonade - yet her lawyers say it’s all a set up, according to a CBS report.

Police arrested 45-year-old Yue Yu (also goes by Emily) on August 4 after her husband, 53-year-old radiologist Dr. Jack Chen, turned over video footage from a camera he’d installed in their kitchen, allegedly capturing Yu in the act of pouring Drano in his drinks on three separate occasions, the Daily Mail says.

However, CBS says Yu’s defense attorney, David Wohl, disputes the accusations.

"The idea that my client, who is a 45-year-old well-respected dermatologist in Orange County, would destroy her life, destroy her children's lives and try to kill her husband is just completely absurd and untrue — and for that matter defamatory," Wohl said, according to CBS.

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Wohl accused Chen of being “desperate” to divorce Yu and gain full custody of their two kids, the Daily Mail says. He added that Yu was pouring Drano into empty cups to use in the kitchen sink to prevent splashing, CBS states.

"Anytime she poured Drano into a cup it was completely empty. It was for facilitating use in the sink or any other part of the house that was clogged as far as the drainage goes. But she never poured any Drano or any chemical into any drink that the father or her husband used or was drinking ever. That's completely untrue,” Wohl claimed, according to CBS.

He called the accusations “part and parcel” of Chen’s efforts to leave the marriage and take the kids, CBS says.

Chen’s lawyer, Steven Hittleman, said that Chen described a chemical taste in his lemonade, and had been sick for months before being diagnosed with stomach ulcers, gastritis and inflammation of the esophagus, CBS says.

Screen shots from the footage have been made available via court documents, but the video itself has not, the Daily Mail adds.

CBS notes that Yu was eleased on $30,000 bail the day after her arrest and has yet to be charged. A judge has issued a restraining order against Yu, preventing her from contacting their two children, ages seven and eight, the Daily Mail reports.

Chen has also filed for divorce, the Daily Mail adds.

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