Since the 2013 death of a 28-year-old mother, Suyima Torres, died following
a botched butt lift performed at Cuerpos Health and Aesthetic –
a cosmetic clinic in a West Miami-Dade strip mall – prosecutors
have charged Jose Robusto, who they believe injected Torres with liquid
silicone at the facility. However, authorities have failed to develop
a case against clinic owner, Ruth Planas.
Also known as the porn star Vanessa Luna, Planas also operated a clinic
to sell cosmetic products and Herbalife nutritional supplements, as well
as perform on live X-rated web videos a few times a week. She claims that
no injections were ever done at the business. The state of Florida licensed
the business only to perform massages.
The surviving family members of Torres believe that criminal charges should
be filed against Planas and her sister, who also worked at the clinic.
On the other hand, Attorney George Pallas – who is representing
Planas – exclaimed that since no charges have been filed proves
his client’s innocence.
“Ruth Planas did not work with or for Jose Robusto,” said Pallas
in the Miami Herald. “My exhaustive review of the evidence…led
me to conclude that she had nothing at all to do with the unfortunate
death of Suyima Torres.”
Robusto, who claims to be a physician in Venezuela, awaits trial for manslaughter.
While the clinic used Facebook and fliers to advertise for plastic surgeries,
Planas said she only acted as a middleman that would “refer”
surgeries to reputable doctors.
“As far as you know [Torres] didn’t have a cosmetic surgical
procedure in your establishment,” a Miami-Dade detective asked Planas
six days after the woman’s death.
“No, none,” Planas responded. “Only what I had done to
Planas and her sister both denied any butt implants were performed that
day. She said Torres visited that day only for a facial. But as soon as
it was finished, Torres started complaining about feeling sick, which
prompted a call for an ambulance.
For more information, contact our Miami criminal defense lawyer at Beckham