True or untrue, Dr. Phil has a history of inappropriate behavior. Then again, so does the accuser.
Dr. "to hell with your feelings" Phil has been known for his quirky therapy techniques, but who would have thought that it would extend to left-breast groping?
But that's not all. According to People Magazine:
A woman has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Dr. Phil McGraw, two producers and another doctor in what she alleges is a case of false imprisonment, practicing without a license, indecent exposure, battery, fraud and more.
Shirley Rae Dieu, 56, of Irvine, Calif., claims she was seeking therapy from Dr. Phil in his Hollywood office in 2007 when she allegedly was held captive and "forced to be in the same room with a completely live naked man while he exposed his entire naked body, genitals and all," according to her filing.
Dieu further alleges she was deprived of sleep and food, "brainwashed" and "subjected to edited tapings depicting her as a different personality other than her own." On Oct. 9, 2007, she claims Dr. Phil touched her left breast during a therapy session.
Representatives for McGraw did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Question: For exactly what personality disorder would this be considered the appropriate treatment? And when will we be able to see the tapes?
To put things into context, both the accuser and the accused have a history of implicating shenanigans.
Having filed a malpractice suit against an Orange County hospital in 2002 and sued a car dealership in 2007, Ms. Dieu is clearly no stranger to litigation. Records also show she filed for bankruptcy in May 2008. Also not helping her case, the plaintiff is acting as her own attorney, and her filing is filled with misspellings and grammatical errors. But hey, even if she can't cross her Ts and perfectly dot her Is... she is right about one thing: Dr. Phil isn't really, or currently, a Doctor at all. He retired his license in 2006!
Not only that, but he has previously been censured for having an inappropriate "dual relationship" with a therapy client in 1988, after which he was required to take ethics classes in order to continue his private practice in Texas. According to Snopes.com, Dr. Phil admitted to giving the client a job at his office but denied carrying on a sexual relationship with the 19-year-old, who says their relationship was both sexual and codependent.
Interesting, no? There's more: Dr. Phil has been sued not once, but twice for "deceitful editing." Take a gander at his wikipedia page for further evidence.
Ms. Dieu may be crazy, she may have compromised motives, but she may be telling the truth. And thankfully she has gone the legal route, taking note from the David Letterman fiasco to bypass all that extortion nonsense.
Can't wait for what Oprah has to say, can you?