Recently-released footage showing the aftermath of an October 2017 collision involving Dr. Phil reportedly shows an injured skateboarder appearing anything but—possibly derailing his impending lawsuit against the talk show host.
Footage obtained by TMZ appears to show Dr. Phil attempting to pass a van outside a Universal Studios parking structure when his Mercedes collides with skateboarder Terrence Bembury. The video indicates that the car had little or barely any contact with the man, and Bembury is seen appearing to be fine, shaking the talk show host’s hand before taking off.
It wasn’t until EMTs arrived that Bembury complained of injuries, according to TMZ. An earlier report stated that he told officers that his shoulder and leg were in pain but he declined an ambulance to the hospital.
Despite this, Bembury and his attorney filed an insurance claim within days of the accident and were reportedly angling to file a civil lawsuit, alleging that Bembury suffered head trauma. He also criticized Dr. Phil for leaving the scene before help arrived—despite telling the star that he was OK.
Dr. Phil’s camp was quick to dispel rumors about the incident, telling TMZ that the talk show host never hit Bembury and that they only came into contact when the skateboarder touched his roof to regain his balance.
The skateboarder’s attorney, John H. Mardoyan, spoke with TMZ following the emergence of the newest surveillance footage.
He said, “After viewing the video footage, we have decided to no longer represent Terrence Bembury in the matter.”
[Featured Image: TMZ video screenshot]