District attorney's office spokesman Al Albergate said: "We are unaware of any distortions."
In its report on the case, the district attorney's office cited "ambiguous" statements Mitchelson made when the Los Angeles Police Department secretly tape-recorded a phone call between him and Barrett-Whitney.
According to a transcript of that conversation, Mitchelson at one point denies having abused Barrett-Whitney. But at another point he says, "I understand. I understand," immediately after she says, "I emotionally can't have situations like the bathroom."
At another point he says: "Now without acknowledging that anything happened anyplace, I don't intend in any way to become personally involved. . . . I just wanted to help you and represent you, try to settle the case. . . . And I can tell you something. You know, without referring to you or me, you know, there are people, I mean, let's take a doctor--a doctor may be an excellent surgeon. Maybe he even becomes involved with the patient. . . . But he's still able to--he's a great surgeon. He's able to perform a cataract. I'm a lawyer. I know what I'm doing. I think I do. I'm able to settle cases."