A former writer/producer for the popular TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” admitted this month that she lied about having cancer and needing an abortion in a video she created with abortion activists to attack U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.
The New York Post reports Elisabeth Finch was placed on leave from the show and then resigned earlier this year after her lies were exposed.
“What I did was wrong. Not okay,” Finch said in an interview published this week. “I told a lie when I was 34 years old, and it was the biggest mistake of my life. It just got bigger and bigger and bigger and got buried deeper and deeper inside me.”
Finch reportedly told numerous lies about her medical health to gain attention and sympathy. She wrote essays about battling cancer and recorded a video about her abortion – both of which she now admits were lies. “Grey’s Anatomy” even based several storylines on her fake medical struggles, according to the report.
This month, Finch told The Ankler that she suffered a real knee injury in a hiking accident in 2007, but soon began expanding her medical problems with lies. She claimed that doctors later found a rare cancerous tumor on her spine and she had to abort her unborn baby to undergo chemotherapy.
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According to the Post, she sometimes worked with her fellow writers while snacking “on saltine crackers — claiming at the time it was the only food she could stomach” and keeping her head shaved to make it seem like she was going through chemotherapy. At one point, Finch even attached a fake port catheter to herself, the report continues.
Finch lied to attack pro-lifers, too.
Here’s more from The Ankler:
It wasn’t enough to tell people that she had to make a wrenching decision to abort the fetus from an unplanned pregnancy or risk her own life by forgoing the life-saving treatment. She weaponized it, taping a political campaign video during the explosive confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “It wasn’t a decision I took lightly,” said Finch staring intently into the camera for NowThis. “But it was the right choice for me. The only choice for me. If Kavanaugh were on the Supreme Court when I got pregnant, what choice would I have had?”
Other lies included claiming her brother committed suicide (he is alive), and claiming she lost a kidney and part of her leg.
“She always had some tragedy or bizarre hardship going on in her life,” a former co-worker told the news outlet. “Things that don’t happen to other people happen to her all the time.”
Some of those lies became part of the story of character Dr. Catherine Avery, played by actress Debbie Allen. Finch wrote 13 episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and produced 172 before being caught, The Ankler reports.
“I lied and made something up because I needed support and attention and that’s the way I went after it,” Finch admitted.
There are several other parts of her story that she says are still true, including that “a Gulf War veteran stalked her, slashed her tires and knifed her apartment door,” “a man exposed himself to her, while masturbating, in a fit of road rage while stopped at a red light,” and “she was bombarded with anti-Semitic posters that were pushed under her door,” according to the report.
However, it is not clear if these actually happened to her either.