Dr. Phil is no stranger to controversy.
Although the TV shrink has faced numerous scandals over the years, a California judge recently called him out for being a “charlatan” and a “terrible, terrible man!” What caused the latest outburst?
According to Radar Online, U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez had a few harsh words for Dr. Phil. Although she was hearing a shoplifting case against Matthew and Laura Eaton, the judge blasted Dr. Phil for not providing adequate council to the Eatons, who once appeared on his show.
“What a charlatan this man is,” Judge Gonzalez stated. “This is a man who says he is a doctor to help people, but he certainly didn’t help you!”
The Eatons bragged about their shoplifting schemes when they appeared on Dr. Phil’s TV show.
The couple would travel to different states across the country and steal toys from large retail outlets. They even used their kids, who ranged from one to four years of age, as decoys.
Unfortunately, the FBI raided the couple’s home in California after the episode aired. They discovered some 500 boxes of toys, including LEGO kits and toy cars.
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The Eatons sought out help from Dr. Phil. Instead of advising the couple, Dr. Phil gave them three signed copies of his self-help books.
This isn’t the first scandal to arrive on Dr. Phil’s doorstep.
The Washington Post did a long write-up of Dr. Phil’s controversial past, including a $250 million lawsuit against The National Enquirer.
The National Enquirer has written over 85 stories about Dr. Phil. These articles claim that Dr. Phil is a “ratings whore” who has engaged in some seriously shady business, including both child and sexual abuse.
To salvage his reputation, Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin, sued the magazine for defamation. Dr. Phil claims that the tabloid has ruined his professional life.
“[Dr. Phil and Robin have] suffered permanent injury to their personal and professional reputations throughout Florida, the United States, and the world, and each has also suffered from stress, emotional distress, and other pain and suffering,” the legal documents read.
The National Enquirer has since unleashed its entire wrath on Dr. Phil with an article titled, “Verbal Abuse, Brainwashing & Worse! The TRUTH About ‘Quack’ Dr. Phil.”
Apart from the lawsuit, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Dr. Phil is also under fire for molesting a patient.
— National Enquirer (@NatEnquirer) July 18, 2016
Sara Jane Morrison came forward and accused the TV personality of sexually assaulting her while she was under his care.
“He’d be running his hand up and down the inside of my thigh all the way up to my panties,” she stated. “He’d put his hands between my legs. He’d reach in my blouse and touch my breasts. He pulled my breasts out of my bra and kissed them.”
The Texas State Boards Examiners of Psychologists found that Dr. Phil had indeed acted inappropriately with Morrison. They sanctioned Dr. Phil after the incident and even issued him a letter of reprimand.
Eventually, Dr. Phil got back into the good graces of the board by following through with their recommendations. This included Dr. Phil’s attendance at a professional ethics course.
Even still, Morrison believes everyone should be aware of what Dr. Phil did to her.
“He profoundly affected the course of my life,” she shared. “The world should know this man is a predator and a bully. He shouldn’t be telling Americans how to live their lives, how to improve themselves.”
For his part, Radar Online is reporting that Dr. Phil traces his problems back to his abusive father.
“I was greatly frustrated by my father’s alcoholism and the personality traits that he exhibited while drinking,” Dr. Phil explained. “I hated every second of it … hated him for what he was doing to me and to our family. When he was drinking, he was selfish, rude, insensitive and at times, plain mean-spirited.”
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