Psychedelic therapy has a sexual abuse problem
By Olivia Goldhill
March 3, 2020
…Sexual abuse is an old problem in psychedelic therapy. The pattern was evident in the early 1980s, before the substance was made illegal as a schedule 1 drug in the United States. In cases well-known among psychedelic practitioners, two psychiatrists who gave their clients MDMA, Richard Ingrasci and Francesco DiLeo, were separately sued by former patients who accused them of abusive sexual behavior. Ingrasci allegedly told one patient that sexual contact would help cure her cancer, while DiLeo said that touching a patient was a “partial fulfillment of [her] oedipal wishes,” according to court documents. In a 1990 lawsuit, DiLeo was required to pay his patient $500,000 for pain and suffering and $150,000 for PTSD treatment. Ingrasci’s lawsuit was settled out of court…
May 25, 1989
Editors: Note nature Another psychiatrist target of Massachusetts sex probe
One psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Ingrasci, 41, of Newton, surrendered his medical license to the board in February after being sued by two former patients over alleged sexual abuse. One patient said Ingrasci, a specialist in holistic medicine, told her sexual contact was necessary to cure her cancer.