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Ladies Win Appeal To Sue Dr. Phil Over Pervy Stunt

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Last year, several women came forward filing a lawsuit against TV doctor personality, Dr. Phil, claiming he traumatized them by trapping them in a house and forcing them to look at a naked man. Now, these women are finally seeing justice as they've been granted permission to proceed with their lawsuits.

To give you some backstory, four years ago, six individuals, including plaintiffs Shirley Dieu and Crystal Matchett, were invited to a house as Dr. Phil's "dinner guests." The invitation was part of a Big Brother-esque type episode where these individuals were secured in a "mock house" without any contact from the outside world. On the third night of their stay, the women opened the door to their "house" to find a naked man. After running away and locking themselves in a room, the women allegedly asked to leave, but the TV crew laughed at them and then refused.

We don't know what part of this these people found funny, but we know we're sure not laughing.

When the two ladies originally filed their lawsuits last year, CBS filed an anti-SLAPP motion, arguing that its conduct was protected free speech. However, a circuit court denied the motion, asserting that what was shown on Dr. Phil's show is considered "entertainment," not of "public interest." Therefore, it doesn't qualify for protection under the First Amendment.

But because the women both signed contracts with the show, the bizarre lawsuit gets a little bit messier and thus, they were told by the appeals court this morning that they could not sue for negligence. However, they were given permission to sue for their other claims in a lower court, which include fraud, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to a source, this rule demonstrates "a likelihood" that the women will win their case.

What do you have to say about that, Phil?!

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13 comments to “Ladies Win Appeal To Sue Dr. Phil Over Pervy Stunt”

  1. 1

    I don't understand. Grown women are traumatized by seeing a naked man? Had they never seen a naked man before? It doesn't sound like he did anything, but stand there so what's the problem?

    Besides, when you enter into reality TV, people should know that "anything goes" and that probably means some sort of nakedness or "shock" therapy is going to be there. It works for the ratings and people tune in to see it. WHy are people even surprised anymore when things like this happen?

    They don't seem to be too upset over the paycheck they received for participating and now they want more money for being "traumatized?"

    Please. Grow up and quit going on reality TV to solve your problems if you don't want unexpected things to happen.

  2. 2

    Dr. Phil is self-center narcissisticn pig. He doesn't think anything he does is wrong……it is always someone else's fault. He thinks he is God's gift to women (and probably men too. lol). He wants the women around him to look just perfect…..perfect weight…..perfect boobs……perfect hair…….no wrinkles……perfect clothes….and if you are looking at him, you had better do it adoringly.

  3. Laura says – reply to this


    phil is an idiot. and just bc one has seen a naked man before, it doesn't mean they want to be trapped with a naked male stranger. and if they asked to leave, sure the contract may get violated, but let them leave!

  4. 4

    I wonder if Dr. Perv personally auditioned nude men for the part ??????

  5. 5

    This sounds a bit far fetched to me! What purpose would it serve for Dr. Phil to do this? Hope there is some proof to back all that shit up!

  6. 6

    Re: Laura – Exactly !!! : )

  7. 7

    Who didn't see this coming?

  8. 8

    Maybe Dr. Phil was the naked man. That would be scary! Hopefully this will get him off the air and that blow up doll he is married to.

  9. 9

    Dr. Phil - Mr. Self-Righteous. Nice to see Karma come full circle.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: like!!!COLON!!! whatever! – - What purpose would it serve? Ratings?

  11. 11

    well, hell, whatever happened to the Housewives show. Haven't seem them on in weeks. Perhaps another scandal?

  12. 12

    Traumatized by a naked man? There MUST be more to it than that.

  13. 13

    Wow, so if a man exposes himself to people on the street, he gets arrested. If he does it under the guise of a tv show, it's okay? This was violating behavior and it is still scary to me that men think things like this are funny. Plus, not to mention, as too many people are still unaware, TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE WOMEN HAVE BEEN THRU SOME FORM OF SEXUAL TRAUMA, WHETHER MOLESTED AS A KID OR RAPED AS AN ADULT. So, that's the thing men don't get, you may be exposing yourself to women who have already been traumatized. It is violating behavior period dot.