Dr. Phil sued after teen alleges she was sexually assaulted at a Utah ranch he promoted: reports

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A woman has alleged that she sexually assaulted After appearing on A Rural Farm in Utah The long-running TV show “Dr. Phil.” She is now suing Phil McGraw, commonly known as Dr. Phil, and Viacom CBS for negligence, saying she felt pressured to appear in the feature.Display.

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The faculty where the alleged attack took place is called Turn-About Ranch, which is located in the rural town of Escalante, Utah. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Court and, in the lawsuit, Hannah Archuleta alleged that she was “Dr. Phil.” In October 2019 – she was 17 at the time – McGraw and her staff accused her of “nobody in the good life”. pressured to attend the ranch in order to get a chance”, according to a lawsuit obtained Los Angeles Times And Wrap up

Archuleta says her family was forced to go to the farm where the alleged attack took place. In the lawsuit, Archuleta says that an unidentified male employee groped her twice within weeks of her arrival.

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In the lawsuit, Archuleta says McGraw made an “inappropriate, positive representation” of Turn-About Ranch, a working cattle ranch that describes itself as a “special place that provides a unique set of services to struggling young people.” Bills as. the director of the farm Message.

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The farm also claims on its website that it is recommended by doctors and practitioners and is “frequently” featured in the media because of its acclaimed programs.

Archuleta’s lawsuit also noted that McGraw is not licensed to practice psychology, although he holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Following these incidents, Archuleta told her father, Tony, about the sexual assault and he came from Colorado to a southern Utah ranch to drag her from the program and filed a complaint with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, according to the suit. The lawsuit states that Archuletas reached out to McGraw’s team after Hannah suffered from suicidal thoughts due to her time on the farm.

McGraw has not commented publicly on the matter, but a spokesman for him, Jerry Scherrell, issued the following statement.

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“After Hannah Archuleta’s appearance on ‘Dr. Phil’ in 2019, her parents opted for treatment at Turn-About Ranch. None of the defendants in this case had anything to do with her program at that facility , as are documents signed by Archuleta’s reflection. We understand that she later sued Turn-About Ranch but that case was dismissed and recently dismissed. will be opposed.”

It’s the latest case in Utah’s handling of the controversial troubled teen industry, which has since drawn intense media scrutiny. Paris Hilton comes forward saying in 2020 that she was abused during the 1990s at a similarly troubled juvenile facility in Provo, Utah. Provo is about 265 miles north of Escalante.

Last week, Hilton and the nonprofit Breaking Code Silence, an advocacy group led by former treatment center residents, held a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington DC, advocating for stronger laws to regulate the troubled teen industry. Went.

Hotel heiress and reality star Paris Hilton, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-California, left, and Rep. Roe Khanna, D-Calif., called on their celebrity to support legislation to establish a children's rights bill. lent for  On Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in group care facilities at the Capitol.  Hilton says she was traumatized as a teenager when she was sent to abusive care facilities by her family.  (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

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“The multibillion-dollar crisis-ridden juvenile industry has been able to mislead parents, school districts, child welfare agencies and the juvenile justice system for decades,” Hilton said.

Breaking Code Silence Group and Hilton are trying to further change the laws surrounding the troubled teen industry, as they parted ways to force Utah to change their state laws to add additional rules to the industry. April of this year.

Shawn Hemmersmeier covers local government, growth and development in southwestern Utah. Follow him on Twitter @seanhemmers34. Our work relies on clients so if you want more coverage on these issues you can subscribe here: http://www.thespectrum.com/subscribe.

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