SALEM — The psychiatrist who has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with a patient denied the accusations on Monday.
Psychiatrist denies allegations
By Paul Leighton
Dr. Keith Ablow said there is no truth to the allegations in a lawsuit filed last week by a Salem woman in Newburyport Superior Court. He said the woman was the subject of a no-trespassing order sent by his lawyer two years ago ordering her to stop harassing him.
“I categorically deny each and every allegation,” Ablow said.
The lawsuit alleges that Ablow engaged in “physical sexual contact” with the woman, encouraged sexual conversations during treatment sessions and “rewarded” her with free sessions. The suit seeks at least $5 million in damages from Ablow for negligence.
The Salem News is withholding the name of the patient because she is alleged to be a victim of sexual abuse.
In a statement, Ablow said, “I have worked a psychiatrist for 25 years on the North Shore with adult, adolescent and forensic clients. I take some of the most difficult cases in the country. The plaintiff in this case was the subject of a no-trespassing order by me two years ago, was ordered formally to stop her harassment of me, and her account is in collections for non-payment.”
Ablow, who practices in Newburyport, appears regularly on television, including Fox News, and is the author of numerous books. He said he will “continue to offer excellent quality care to anyone who needs it and will not be deterred from doing so by anyone with a false agenda.”
The woman’s attorney, Clyde Bergstresser, is also representing a second woman in a 2016 malpractice complaint against Ablow that is pending in Salem Superior Court.
A medical malpractice tribunal found there was not sufficient evidence for that suit to proceed to trial. The plaintiff decided to continue with the suit anyway, and depositions are now underway, according to the case docket.
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