Dr. Phil Lands Back in Hot Water

Phil McGraw

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updated 04/14/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 04/14/2008 AT 8:45 AM ET

Controversy is once again swirling around Dr. Phil.

An employee for the daytime talk show posted bail for one of eight central Florida teenagers jailed for allegedly participating in a videotaped beating, Phil McGraw’s spokeswoman, Terri Corigliano, confirmed Saturday.

“We have helped guests and potential guests in the past when they need financial assistance to come on the show – assisting with clothing allowance, lost wages, accommodations, travel and necessities,” Corigliano said, according to the Associate Press. “In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines.”

McGraw – who also drew criticism for visiting Britney Spears in the hospital earlier this year – has now “decided not to go forward with the story,” Corigliano said.

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