The Salem News
Ablow hearing on harassment order suspended
By Dave Rogers Staff
September 18, 2019
NEWBURYPORT — Former Fox News contributor and local psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow was in Newburyport District Court on Wednesday afternoon hoping a judge would not extend a harassment prevention order taken out against him by a former assistant in late August.
The Aug. 29 order, which compels Ablow to stay at least 25 yards away from his former assistant, was set to expire Wednesday unless a judge extended it for up to a year. The same order bans him from her residence, her workplace and from abusing or harassing her.
The hearing lasted more than two hours Wednesday afternoon but was suspended around 4:30 p.m. by Judge Allen Swan, who ordered it continued to Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the same courthouse. Until Swan rules, the harassment prevention order remains in place.
In her testimony, the former assistant said the nationally known doctor sexually harassed her at work. She testified that he repeatedly crossed her “physical boundaries” and at one point touched her buttocks.
“Leave me alone, do not come into my personal space,” she said, while sitting on the witness stand.
She quit her job in July 2015 after working for Ablow for 14 months. But it was testimony that she gave in February 2019 regarding civil lawsuits filed by four former patients that eventually resulted in her seeking a harassment prevention order, she claimed.
According to the former assistant, Ablow repeatedly spotted her walking on Green Street and followed her in his car. She also said there was one instance where he waited for her in his car to leave a downtown pet store and then gunned out of the parking lot in an alleged attempt to intimidate her.
Court records show that a week after the original order was issued, it was extended on Sept. 5 for another two weeks (to Sept. 18) by agreement.