Man, the story of Scott DesJarlais, the “pro-family” and “pro-life” Republican congressman from Tennessee who won reelection two weeks ago despite revelations that he had affairs on his wife with at least two of his patients and tried to convince one to have an abortion, just keeps getting worse. Legal documents from his divorce show that he also paid for his wife’s abortion and was committing all kinds of legal and ethical violations as a doctor.
The anti-abortion, pro-family Tennessee congressman who pushed his patient and mistress to get an abortion also agreed that his wife should have two, according to court transcripts released Thursday.
Those documents, from GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ 2000 divorce proceedings, paint a lurid picture of a doctor who had multiple affairs with coworkers and patients — at least one of whom he prescribed pain pills for — while he was chief of staff at a local hospital…
It turns out it was all true, as well as reports that he denied during his 2010 campaign that he stuck a gun in his mouth for more than two hours, and threatened suicide after it became apparent he could not repair his marriage with his then-wife, Susan.
Although DesJarlais called the 2010 reports “all false”, he testified under oath they were true.
“It’s very embarrassing to talk about. I know better than this,” DesJarlais said at the time. His wife also accused him of dry-firing the gun outside her bedroom, although DesJarlais testified he had only been spinning the empty chamber of a revolver.
“I deal with people in the hospital that do this,” DesJarlais said. “Suicide threats is [sic] probably the most immature form of attention-seeking behavior that there is and I resorted to that on this evening and I regret it, I regret that she felt threatened by it, and I’m very ashamed of it.”
Oh, and many more affairs too:
It’s not clear what the fallout from sex with workers at the hospital would be, but DesJarlais admits to that as well. In one case, he hooked up with a technician at the hospital Christmas party in 1999, then took her home with him. Among other details, Desjarlais kept photos of himself with one of his patient-sex partners, which his wife later found during their reconciliation.
His medical license should be yanked, permanently.