Victim speaks out about Dr. Phil’s sexual abuse

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A woman who was sexually abused by Dr. Phil in 1984 while working as an intern in his office is speaking out. We heard about these allegations last year when The National Enquirer ran a piece about Dr. Phil’s fraudulent health club business in Kansas in the 1970s, in which he had people sign up for expensive contracts, sold the contracts for cash to a financial institution, and then ditched town and closed the club. They also covered Phil’s abuse of a 19 year-old female intern and former patient he hired to work in his lab. The woman alleges that Phil regularly fondled her on the job. She filed a complaint against him in 1998. Phil was issued a reprimand by the Texas State Board in 1999 and his practice was put on probation for 12 months. He left the practice less than a year later and moved to Dallas.

Now Sara Morrison, Dr. Phil’s alleged victim, is going on the record with her claims. She gives an account of a scheming psychologist who manipulated her as a teen patient and then hired her to work for him, just so he could take advantage of her:

“Dr. Phil is a monster!” Those are the angry words of a former patient of Dr. Phil McGraw, who is revealing the shocking story of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the TV shrink!

Sara Morrison is speaking out in a world-exclusive ENQUIRER interview – divulging sickening details of how talk-show titan Oprah Winfrey’s former protege repeatedly fondled her, sexually abusing her while she was being treated by him.

The 44-year-old mother of one also reveals authorities were called in to investigate the abuse, threatening Dr. Phil’s career as a psychologist and his marriage to wife Robin, who was outraged by the charges.

“Not a single day has gone by when I haven’t been affected by what Phil McGraw did to me,” Sara told The ENQUIRER.

“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.”

Sara was a college sophomore home for the summer when she sought treatment from Dr. Phil in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1984.

“I suffered from low self-esteem, and Iwas depressed, lonely and suicidal,” recalled Sara. “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.”

While treating her that summer, Dr. Phil did nothing improper, she says. But his attitude changed completely the following summer when, in a highly unethical move, he paid Sara to work as his intern, while charging her as a patient at the same time.

“The first day I showed up for work, Phil had his hands all over me,” she recalled.

At the time, the then 34-year-old psychologist and his second wife Robin had been married for eight years, but that didn’t stop his sexually aggressive behavior, Sara said.

“Phil would pull me down to sit in his lap while he talked on the phone to patients, other doctors, even his wife! He’d be running his hand up and down the inside of my thigh all the way up to my panties.”

[From The National Enquirer]

Dr. Phil is definitely a scumbag, and if this woman’s claims are true it’s pretty clear he took advantage of her. I don’t understand why his show is even still on the air, but people like to watch families that are so screwed up that our own dysfunction looks absolutely normal in comparison. Dr. Phil adds a sense of legitimacy to his trashy show, with his fancy title and hoakey advice. It looks like he has a lot of experience with the type of behavior he would chew out one of his guests for and you have to wonder if he ever really changed.

Here’s Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife Robin at an American Red Cross of Santa benefit on March 28th. Images thanks to .
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  1. photo jojo says:

    Phil McGraw is a giant douche.

  2. Trillion says:

    I can’t get to the remote fast enough when this guy’s visage appears on the screen. Even just the sound of his voice makes my skin crawl.

  3. Neelyo says:

    My what big veneers you’ve got, Grandpa. I guess he’s compensating for something.

  4. Sylvia says:

    You can tell this guy is a phony. Also their are too many things going against him.

    I don’t understand why people watch his show.

  5. Diane says:

    I have no kind words for Jerry Springer with a Piled Higher and Deeper.

    He ridiculed a man who was obviously in trauma with a 12 step goon squad. It’s all about the $$$ Phil.

    Sorry Dr. Keith Ablow failed in ratings and his show went off the air, a man who is a thoughtful, problem solving, humanist.

  6. I call BS on you sara says:

    So many people want what everyone else has. I hate when people make up lies to try to distroy others.

  7. canuck_grrl says:

    Not only is he a scumbag, his wife is just happy to ride the gravy train to pay for all the surgery!

  8. Annie says:

    I never liked him.

    And reading this just confirms it.

    Ugh. Revolting.

  9. Jag says:

    What he did was horrible. She should have immediately stood up for herself and left. No person has to submit to that kind of thing against them.

  10. bros says:

    his wife looks like Mr. Potato Head in drag.

  11. irl500girl says:

    I’m witholding judgment. No big Dr. P fan or hater but this is a former mental patient makeing these accusations.

  12. MsLib says:

    It is obvious that this woman had a horrible experience and is just now willing to share it. This is very typical of victim behavior. Truth will always prevail.

  13. Bill Hicks is God says:


    Do you know how many psychologists and psychiatrists take advantage of their patients precisely BECAUSE of their fragile mental state and think they’ll get away with it because people with stinky attitudes like yours invalidate their claims?

    • Peter S. Chamberlain says:

      I hit this looking for something else. I’m a retired lawyer with unexpected but substantial experience representing an awful lot of survivors of sexual abuse and some perpetrator defendants, and have taken courses from experts in this dark subject.
      We don’t know enough to know whether this story, in the notorious scandal sheet the Enquirer, is true or false. I wish the statutes of limitations on such things were long because many victims take a long time to come forward. Unfortunately, it is true that some mental health and other professionals take advantage of vulnerable patients, but these cases should be investigated very carefully by experts, ideally picked by the court rather than either side or sides, for the protection of accused perpetrators, not all of whom did it, and real victims alike.

      People, including some state and federal trial and appellate courts, who discount reports from current or former “mental patients,” are ignorant and unfair. The law used to discount the testimony of Jews, black people, females, and children, too, and this is the same kind of prejudice, stigma and I’d better not use the four-letter word with which, disgusted, I started to end this sentence. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill’s mental illness, not unlike that this accuser reports, is well documented in their own writings, etc. Even if a person has multiple personalities from abuse, a good expert, of which I have known and worked with some, but seen some who should have been blow such assessments badly, knows how to sift the wheat from the chaff and get to the truth in such cases.

  14. minx says:

    I always knew he was a scumbag -just had this feeling he was a phony and a douche. Now it turns out he’s even worse. Doesn’t surprise me one bit. Why does anyone listen to his “advice” is beyond me.

  15. YoMomma says:

    God, isn’t there anyone out there who is not corrupted by power? Aren’t there any decent caring human beings left on this earth? Can’t wait for the Obama accusations to come out.

  16. Melissa says:

    People with mental health problems are still people! If we as humans do not start treating mental illness as the illness that it is instead of character flaw that we’ll be able to stop the tragedies that keep happening all around us. People are afraid to get help for their mental illness because of people like you. The stigma is too great. So it isn’t until someone pulls a gun out and takes out their entire family or a bunch of school kids that people come out and say that person had a history of mental illness. Maybe if they could get help for their illness the same as they can for a cold or cancer these tragedies would stop. I’m so sick of people like you who discredit and judge someone so unfairly. I don’t know for sure what happened with this woman and Dr. Phil because I wasn’t there and you weren’t either. However, I would hope if he or anyone abused her that she could talk about without fearing that nobody would believe her. Your words are part of the problem!

    I’m sure you’ll find an article somewhere about some senseless killing and say that person had a mental illness as though all people with mental illness are liars, killers and thieves. Your judgement is exactly what keeps people from seeking help and in turn feeds into the senseless killings.

    If you don’t believe this woman, fine. Say that. Don’t say that she has a mental illness as though that automatically makes her a liar.

  17. Nicole says:

    “I call BS on you sara” and “irl500girl”, it’s really quite sad to read comments such as yours. In many sexual abuse cases, the victim is treated like a scheming money seeker. Imagine how you’d feel if you were the victim of such abuse and people attacked you for telling the truth?

    I’m aware this woman’s allegation *could* be false, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. The reported abuse took place 30 years ago, and many victims keep quiet because they fear judgement from others, or they think that they did something to provoke the behavior and, therefore, they deserved it. (Physical abuse victims think the same way.)

  18. the original kate says:

    wait – he hired his former patient? that seems unethical to me. in any case, he makes my skin crawl and his wife looks like she’s made of wax.

  19. DD says:

    I always thought he was a quack psychologist even before I heard about his dodgy past. I guess this just confirms it.

  20. sayrah says:

    What fancy degree? The man wants people to believe he is real doctor. He never went to any medical school. He hasn’t even been a licensed psychologist in decades. I’m really not surprised by this story, but I was surprised to hear that Robin is his 2nd wife. I don’t think they’ve ever mentioned that.

  21. Firestarter says:

    I have no idea why this man is still on the air. Sorry, but anyone who watches his show, may as well be watching the Steve Wilkos Show, Maury and Springer. He is no different than those people, and in fact may even be worse, because he comes off as this sensible, caring individual, when he is really nothing more than a snake oil salesman with a down home accetn. He and his wife both, make me sick.

  22. tasteT says:

    I’ve been waiting for his stuff to hit the fan!!

    Old shifty Phil!!
    his wife, is a wierd looking brittle boned material girl.

  23. fizXgirl314 says:

    can’t this man cut his wife off of plastic surgery at some point? how good does she have to attempt to look married to that ugly sack o’ crap… attempt failed by the way!

  24. princess pee says:

    Hey wait, commenters. Why are you crapping on Robin? This story isn’t about her.

  25. Judy says:

    Anyone can say they have been sexually abused, now where is the proof??? I dont like dr phil but I want prood before I condem him. These people crawl out of the woodwrk 10 20 yrs later and then they make money on the accusations but they never have proof.

  26. Devries says:

    National Enquirer

    National Enquirer

    National Enquirer

    National Enquirer

    All that need be said. Henceforth, STFU

  27. Squirtle says:

    I call B.S! This women claims she was sexually abused by Dr Phil and she waited for 14 years to come out and say something about it? What changed? Why then?

    Seems like she was waiting for the opportune time to get her money.

  28. Annie says:

    Wow. So much sympathy for the Abused in this thread….

    OH WAIT.

    It isn’t always easy to come out, especially when you’re scared of potential repercussions that you’ve concocted for yourself and frankly, we don’t know one way or the other, so perhaps we should show support for now until otherwise shown.

  29. oiadd says:

    “People with mental health problems are still people! If we as humans do not start treating mental illness as the illness that it is instead of character flaw” << sounds like you had therapy. otherwise, you wouldn’t be defensive. truth is we are all weak. i mean there isnt a day i dont think of the horizontal polka. im an animal and i admit it .. no humanities here

  30. fizXgirl314 says:

    oiadd, first off, do try to make sense. secondly, just because she’s making an argument doesn’t mean she has direct experience with the subject matter. sometimes people just have empathy. besides, are you just trying to discredit her argument because she may or may not have had therapy? grow up…

  31. anon says:

    I heard about this incident a long time ago from a friend who used to work for Dr. Phil’s company in Texas. The man is a creep and the last person who should be giving advice to others.

  32. Wresa says:

    So what if s/he did have therapy, oiadd? Going to therapy shows that someone is trying to fix their problems. You come off as ignorant on the subject of mental health, and I would suggest you keep quiet to avoid making a further idiot out of yourself.

  33. dirty martini says:

    I never could stand his ego. It needs its own zipcode.

    But we all knew he showed the entire world his true colors when he tried to insert himself into the whole Britney Spears meltdown drama and talked to the media for crying out loud.

    This story? Well, lets just say this: I wouldn’t bet money its true….but I wouldnt bet against it either.

    We all know hes a douche. After what went down in Britney, yeah…….I”m not exactly going to defend him here.

    Team…..ANybody but Phil

  34. blind item reader says:

    Not surprising, given the shadiness surrounding his lack of credentials. I feel bad for the former patient.

    Additionally, The National Enquirer has broken some stories major news outlets refused to run. Anyone remember John Edwards?

  35. Paulette says:

    Here’s the proof of her allegations: “Phil was issued a reprimand by the Texas State Board in 1999 and his practice was put on probation for 12 months.”

    She had a strong enough case to put him out of business for a year. That’s proof enough for me.

  36. Dorrie says:

    I miss the days when a confused young person’s being depressed, and even a bit suicidal, did not permanently qualify him/her as a “former mental patient” or as a sufferer of “mental illness.” And no, that’s not defensiveness. Many unhappy young people get better as they get older, they work out some of their issues. The contention that depression is a life long “illness” is just another kind of snake oil.

  37. rottenkitty says:

    “Dr.” Phil, my sweet Aunt Fanny’s ass — he’s a fraud and a loathesome tool. I cannot understand how anyone would go to him for *any* kind of advice. Listen to him for longer than five minutes and you realize what an utter nincompoop he is. Sheesh.

  38. Anastasia says:

    I’ve only just now started talking about an attempted rape that took place 21 years ago, when I was 17. It was horrible and he told everyone I was a willing partner after that and I was too scared to say anything against him. (He wasn’t successful in his rape attempt but he claimed we had sex to everyone he saw. We weren’t even friends and it wasn’t a date or anything, just a school function at which he pulled me into a broom closet.)

    It was awful. But I didn’t speak of it for years because I was afraid it would reflect badly on ME. Now I realize this was all his doing, not my own, I did nothing to deserve that.

  39. marlena says:

    than u dorrie!!!

  40. b says:

    Good for you for going forward now. You are a brave woman. I wish you all the best.

  41. Bumble Bee says:

    This is super old news – this story came out in the rags like 5 years ago. This woman, although a victim, needs to sue him and move on.

  42. megan says:

    if this story is true…
    I have one thing to say…
    Oprah rejected Chris Brown and Michael Jackson from her show because they had issues of violence against women…
    and Dr.Phil is her former protege…???

  43. kim says:

    Megan ,Michael Jackson was on her show what violence against women are you referring to As for NE just because they got a couple of stories correct like John Edwards doesn’t make them reliable at least 70% are not correct

  44. iris says:

    I was very fond of Dr. Phil….what a disappointment!

  45. Magsy says:

    I need more evidence before making a decision.

  46. Monalicious says:

    I think this is so funny. I was born and raised in Wichita Falls, and my Mom was a “mental patient” for most of my childhood, so I grew up going with her to appointments and such. And yes, she saw Dr. Phil breifly, but ended up with another doctor because he was too loud and “in your face” for her. One thing my Mom would talk about back then was doctors hitting on the patients. So, she would bring me, her Mom, anybody with her to appointments to keep things on the up and up.
    But here in little old Wichita Falls, Dr.Phil is considered a joke, nothing more. Why do you think he never talks about it?

  47. Tori says:

    If this is true it would be a grave disappointment, but it would also add to the notion that maybe the Phil/Robin divorce/rocky marriage rumors are true.

  48. Sally J. says:

    The enquirer pays ALOT of money to these people……

    Myabe it happened maybe not….but i am sick of rumors and then “ignorant” and uneducated people believing them….

    look at all the garbage about past Gov Palin……

    America ….Wake up and do your research before saying stupid things.

  49. You can’t believe everything that you read.It may or may not be true.I did not see it happen and so I don’t know if he actually did this woman wrong then again he may have.If Dr. Phil did he needs to look at himself and ask what have I done then clean up and If Dr. Phil did not then he can overlook her words as false.If it is true and If it is not true is not the problem.The problem is the tabloids and the so-called know-it-alls in society that claim they have the photos to prove it or the information,yet without proof all people have is information.

  50. Phil Hater says:

    He needs to disappear period……
    Springer and Wilkos, have done more to help people and they don’t have that better than you attitude!! Granted the shows may still be garbage, but at least they have helped some people in their history.

  51. Anwyn says:

    I think it might be worth it to point out to anyone who is accusing the woman involved of making up the allegation 20 years later, to consider this part of Phil’s histoy from his wiki;

    “Sanctioned by the Texas State Board in 1989 for an “ethical violation” involving an “inappropriate relationship” with a 19-year-old patient, “Dr.” Phil was stripped of his license to practice psychology. (To date, Dr. Phil has not completed the conditions required by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists to regain his license, and remains unlicensed to practice psychology. Anywhere.)”

    Another site that I can’t find at the moment also alleged that the texas state board acknowledged the impropriety of Phil’s actions, but didn’t include the sexual allegations in the final brief. His actions towards this woman (while married) already were inappropriate enough to cost him his practice, and while she ultimately didn’t get justice for all her did to her, I think she’s got a good leg to stand on in regards to how likely true her accusations are.

  52. Jerseys says:

    I’m sure you’ll find an article somewhere about some senseless killing and say that person had a mental illness as though all people with mental illness are liars, killers and thieves. Your judgement is exactly what keeps people from seeking help and in turn feeds into the senseless killings.

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  54. Gil Gaudia says:

    I have never witnessed a more egregious exploitation of human suffering than that perpetrated b y this so-called psychologist, “Dr. Phil,” when he interviewed a suffering mother and sister of a murdered child, Shanda. To add insult to this travesty he had them confront the equally tortured murderer and paraded their torment for two entire shows when he knew there was absolutely nothing to gain from any participant except himself.
    As a retired psychologist (I am 82 years old) during an era when there was a code of ethics, predators like this excuse for a therapist would have been thrown out of the profession. He had to know that neither the relatives nor the murderer could benefit from the charade, yet for the sole purpose of sensationalizing a horrific crime he pretended that his two-minute sermons to each of the participants was therapeutic.
    How disgusting!

  55. Tyciol says:

    I am inclined to believe this lady.

  56. noah says:

    I know this is a few years late, but reading these comments absolutly grinds my nerves. You read an article, and without validating its truth go on to say such accusations as many psychologists take advantage of patients, that his wife has surgery, etc. These are all empty accusations based on the fact that this woman was not validated, the things claimed in this story about dr phil and his liscense were false and thirdly this website is called celebitchy and not endorsed or ever verified. you cannot dis another humans charecter based on a random story that has no proof AND MADE BY A MENTALLY SICK PERSON. mentally sick people ARE people but they ARE SICK. DID YOU READ THAT? S-I-C-K. they lie and manipulate and say anything because once again they are SICK!!!!!

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Me thinks Noah is Robyn…

      It isn’t the patient’s claims that are evidene to many of us; It is the FACT that Texas suspended his license for a year and Dr. Phil never got it back – at least not in Texas. There was a board of examiners who investigated the initial claims and saw fit to discipline him which means they were convinced he had an inappropriate relationship with the young woman. Coming from someone with an obvious plastic surgery addiction, call the woman “Sick” would be not only mud-slinging, but hypocritical.