"From your lips to God's ear" is how the old saying goes. A new twist would be "From Poorman's Facebook page to Life & Style Magazine."
Pinsky's bio boasts he is an American board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the medical director for the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Las Encinas Hospital in
But, according to the tale being spun by Poorman
Back then, Poorman was a top radio personality in
And so, we now have Life & Style picking up Poorman's Dr. Drew rant--and running with it. Actually, Poorman comes across kinder and gentler in the gossip mag than he does on his own Facebook page. In the article, he even adds the qualifier that he is sure Pinsky was a recreational drug user way back when and that he is surely clean now. But just making the claims about the celebrity doctor still has a sting to it.
Life & Style reports its "facts" in "Dr. Drew's drug shocker!" have been confirmed by Joanna Swylde, who worked as an intern at KROQ at the time. In the piece, Swylde recalls partying with Drew and Poorman and everyone snorting lines of cocaine off album covers in the radio station's control room (which must be an FCC violation, no?). "We would do it during the breaks on the show," Swylde told the mag.
Earlier in the piece:
In 1982, Drew hadn't even finished medical school when he met KROQ DJ Jim Trenton at a party. "I asked him to do this segment with me called Ask a Surgeon,"
While they spent their days helping listeners with their love, sex and health-related problems, Drew and Jim spent many of their nights partying away. Often,
A Weekly request for comment from Pinsky drew this from his publicist:
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"We are not going to comment on outlandish and laughable allegations from nearly 30 years ago," said Valerie Allen. "Dr. Drew has done so much for so many and deserves more respect."
There was also this from Pinsky's agent:
"I have known and worked with Dr. Drew off and on for 19 years and I've never heard of anything so preposterous in my life," said John Ferriter. "All I see is a guy who helps people both on and off camera who have problems and the fact that anyone one would make these accusations about him would make me call into question those accusations and the people who are making them. I would also question their motivation for making such claims. Dr. Drew's 25 years of service speaks for itself."
Incidentally, Pinsky's bio notes Poorman's role in Dr. Drew's rise to fame.