So we report (with a fair bit of schadenfreude) that Ablow has been sued thrice-over for accusations of sexually exploiting his female patients.
Yes, the same guy who worried that kids watching Chaz Bono on TV would turn them trans has been accused of coercing patients “into degrading sexual relationships, including beatings, conversations about bondage, and, in one case, getting a tattoo of the doctor’s initials [on her arm] to show his ‘ownership’ of her.”
The patients sought Ablow to treat their depression, but were left feeling deep shame and distrust of authority figures from their interactions with Ablow, according to court documents. Schtupping your patients goes against the American Psychiatric Association’s ethical code.
One woman claimed, “He would have me on my knees and begin to beat me with his hands on my breasts, occasionally saying, ‘I own you,’ or ‘You are my slave.’” Ablow allegedly encouraged his patients to take Ketamine, a recreational drug which hasn’t been approved for use as an antidepressant by he FDA and which can produce feelings of euphoria, disassociation and even addiction.
One patient “become very dependent on this medication and dependent on Dr. Ablow to supply it,” according to court documents.
Another patient says he’d have her perform oral sex on her but refused to climax for fear of leaving “evidence.” Another said he’d strike her using a belt with a metallic skull buckle. Another accused Ablow of pointing a gun at her.
“I decided that I couldn’t allow myself to be groped and used sexually and otherwise, or to feel so emotionally dead inside in exchange for prescriptions, even if I felt like I needed them, so I stopped seeing him,” one patient wrote.
Even worse, these sexual experiences allegedly happened while the women were paying Ablow for counseling. When one woman said she’d have trouble paying his fees, he suggested she become a stripper or a sex worker.
Naturally, Ablow has completely denied these allegations.
Categorically, completely deny the allegations lodged against me. I look forward to the court proceedings and will continue to offer excellent care to any patient who needs my help.
— Keith Ablow, M.D. (@keithablow) February 21, 2019
He continues to offer counseling in Newburyport, Massachusetts.