Dr. Phil McGraw Scandal: Young Patient Accuses Him Of Sexual Abuse And More — Details, Plus Dr. Phil’s Response
Twenty-years ago, a young patient named Sara Morrison claimed that Dr. Phil McGraw molested her while treating her for clinical depression, Radar Online reports. Morrison claims that Dr. Phil fondled and molested her while under his care over 20-years ago. Sara alleges that the police were called to investigate the abuse claims, and threatened to end the TV shrink’s career as a therapist.
Morrison claims that a day doesn’t go by that she doesn’t think about how Dr. Phil changed her life, and the abuse shaped her life in a profound way.
“Dr. Phil is a monster and a bully,” Sara exclaimed.
“He profoundly affected the course of my life. 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.”
At the time, Sara was a sophomore in college and sought Dr. Phil’s help during her summer vacation in 1984. She recalls that she suffered from low-esteem and was lonely, depressed, and suicidal.
“Phil was extremely insistent that I call him all the time, and he would call me. He wanted to see me three or four times a week – as a patient.”
That whole summer, Morrison claims that Dr. Phil didn’t cross the line and do anything improper. It wasn’t until the following summer when he paid her to work as his intern while continuing to see (and bill) her as his patient three times a week.
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Sara claims that the first day she showed up for work, Dr. Phil had his hands all over her. At the time, Robin and Dr. Phil had been married for over eight years. Morrison remembers feeling surprised that he was so “sexually frustrated” with a loving wife.
“He’d be running his hand up and down the inside of my thigh all the way up to my panties. 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.”
Sara alleges that when Dr. Phil would touch her, she’d freeze. She reportedly never touched him back or welcomed any physical intimacy. She recalls a few times he would undress in front of her, and he’d lecture her when she turned her head.
“What’s the big deal, it’s just a man’s body,” Dr. Phil would say.
Sara reveals that she allowed the abuse to continue because Dr. Phil was her therapist and she had a level of trust and respect for him. Eventually, she reported him to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologist, and a full investigation commenced.
Dr. Phil responded by stating the molestation claims were untrue. After a year-long inquiry, the Board determined that Dr. Phil could have engaged in unprofessional misconduct by maintaining a dual relationship (both patient and intern) with Sara Morrison. In a settlement, Dr. Phil agreed to a year’s supervision.
Apparently, according to Radar Online’s records, Dr. Phil had to have another therapist present while he conducted all therapy sessions with his patients. The worst part was he had to pay for the second therapist fee for being present in his appointments.
“The board effectively put Phil out of business by making it too costly for him to operate. Another therapist had to be in the room when Phil conducted a therapy session, and he had to pay the (second) therapist. In less than a year, he gave up his license and left town.”
While the story is interesting and a juicy tidbit about Dr. Phil, the TV shrink claims it is untrue. He argues that tabloid magazines have made up stories about his personal and professional life. He was left with no other choice but sue the magazines for $250 million, CBS Local reports.
“Dr. and Mrs. McGraw, after enduring years of the National Enquirer, Star and other American Media Inc. publications knowingly and recklessly printing outrageous lies about them, their marriage, their integrity and their character, have finally concluded that enough is enough and too much is too much.”
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