2nd woman sues Dr. Phil for false imprisonment, brainwashing

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2nd woman sues Dr. Phil for false imprisonment, brainwashing

Tue Oct 13, 2009 @ 06:42PM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Drphil It was bizarre enough that one woman had filed a lawsuit accusing "Dr. Phil" McGraw and producers of his popular self-help show of imprisoning her with a naked man. Now a second woman has come forward, filing an equally crazy-sounding lawsuit today in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Here's the complaint.

The woman, Crystal Matchett of Canton, Michigan, filed the case without a lawyer and mimics the language in the lawsuit filed last week by Shirley Dieu. She says she too was "brainwashed" and required to sit in Dr. Phil's production office with a naked man "who was exposing his entire naked body, genitals and all." (hysterical underlining again hers, not ours). Causes of action include fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress in addition to false imprisonment.

McGraw issued a statement calling the first lawsuit "without merit."

Damages aren't specified.


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