A former employee is suing Dr. Phil McGraw for false imprisonment and wrongful termination. Allegedly, everyone's favorite TV psychologist held 300 employees in a room guarded by security while he accused them of leaking information to the press. Well, that sounds totally sane.
Ex-employee Leah Rothman, who was a segment producer, says she was forced to quit due to a "hostile work environment" in April 2015. According to People, Rothman was called into work on a day off and herded into a room with about 300 other Dr. Phil employees, at which point McGraw entered the room, ordered security to lock the doors, and made all the employees hand over their phones.
McGraw made claims that someone had leaked information to the media and that he had turned the case over to the federal authorities. He added, "If you f--- with me, I'll f--- with you." Rothman later found out that McGraw apparently already knew who had leaked the information but that he still wanted to frighten his employees. She spoke to someone from the CBS human resources department who heard her concerns, but a follow-up never happened.
According to her lawsuit, Rothman suffered so much emotional stress from the whole incident that she had no choice but to quit her job a few weeks later. No word on whether or not she'll—wait for it—seek therapy to deal with incident.