Surveillance footage from the incident where Dr. Phil McGraw hit a skateboarder has been released, showing that the skateboarder pressing charges against McGraw wasn't actually injured. The skater has reportedly changed his mind and has dropped the charges.
Watch the collision in the video above.
In video published by TMZ, McGraw's car can be seen trying to get around a stopped van and running into a skateboarder, who was skating across the side street McGraw was driving on. The impact seems to be mild enough for the skateboarder to walk around to McGraw's window and shake his hand before riding away.
As previously reported, the skater told McGraw he was fine but later after McGraw drove away, a passerby called paramedics to the scene and the skater reported injuries to the EMTs, saying he was "no longer fine" and that his "shoulder and leg were hurting."
During the ride to the hospital in the abundance, the skater reportedly told paramedics that he'd get "checked out" on his own.
The skateboarder's attorney, John H. Mardoyan, told TMZ that his client no longer wants to press charges against McGraw.
"After viewing the video footage, we have decided to no longer represent Terrence Bembury in the matter," Mardoyan told the news outlet.
Two months after the skateboarding collision, McGraw denied a report by the Boston Globe and Stat that staffers on Dr. Phil provided drugs and alcohol to guests with addictions and substance abuse problems to help onscreen drama.
“The Stat article does not fairly or accurately describe the methods of Dr. Phil the TV show, or its mission to educate millions of viewers about drug and alcohol addiction,” a spokesperson for the show told Variety in December. “The show does not give drugs or alcohol to its guests and any suggestions to the contrary is errant nonsense.”
In reports by Stat and the Boston Globe, Survivor winner Todd Herzog claimed he was given vodka and Xanax by Dr. Phil staffers before he appeared on the show in 2013. TV viewers saw him being carried onto the set, but Herzog said he wasn't drunk when he arrived at the studio.
Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who works on the show, denied Herzog's claims as well.
“We do not do that with this guest or any other,” Greenberg told the Globe and Stat. He called Herzog's claims "absolutely, unequivocally untrue."
The report also accused McGraw of using his show to promote rehabilitation facilities in exchange for them buying an addiction recovery program both he and his son are involved in. The rehab centers reportedly spent between $3,500 and $7,000 per month on Dr. Phil's Path to Recovery, a self-help video, in order to receive McGraw's endorsement.0comments
Dr. Phil producers told Stat and the Globe that only two of the more than 20 rehab centers that use Path to Recovery have been on the show. Centers that use it are not promised a spot on Dr. Phil.
"Any suggestion that appearances on Dr. Phil’s show are linked to the purchase or use of this program is false," the statement read.