Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, accused of grand theft and fraud, defends himself before ending the interview early
“Dr. Love” wasn’t feeling the love from Good Morning America, so he walked out of an interview.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, who is accused of impersonating a doctor and practicing medicine without a license, among other charges, agreed to a GMA interview following his arrest Tuesday. But after defending his actions, he walked out when the interviewer asked whether he wasn’t, deep down, just a liar.
Love-Robinson, who refers to himself as “Dr. Love,” claimed in the interview that he is a doctor – just not an M.D.
“I do currently hold a Ph.D. – in what, I don’t feel comfortable disclosing because that is not the issue here,” he said. “The issue that I face now is accusations.”
The clinic Love-Robinson opened in West Palm Beach, Florida bills itself as a holistic practice and is known as the New Birth, New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic. Asked what training he underwent that qualifies him to treat patients, Love-Robinson replied, “I have shadowed many doctors.”
He added: “I have been studying this particular field for a while. It may not have been eight, nine, 10 years. But it has been long enough to, I would say, justify what I do.”
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The interview then devolved into farce when Love-Robinson was asked if he was, in fact, not a doctor but simply a fraud and a liar.
“I don’t appreciate your tone. I don’t appreciate the way you’re portraying this interview to actually be,” Love-Robinson said. “I’m sorry, I’m going to have to cut this interview short.” He then stood up and left.
The Florida teen faces seven criminal counts, GMA said – two counts of practicing medicine without a license, one count of grand theft larceny and four counts of fraud. Among his alleged victims was an elderly woman who is said to have paid almost $3,500 for treatment of stomach pain.
Love-Robinson, who is free on bail, has given other interviews since his arrest, including one to WPTV-TV. He said in that interview that he was offering a holistic medicine alternative to people.
“This was me simply trying to do something for the community in a light that I saw that was needed and honestly if you ask me people are getting tired of hearing that they have to take a script just to feel better,” he said.