Las Vegas doctor suing popular reality TV show

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas doctor is suing the people behind the popular TV show "Bar Rescue" after he made controversial comments about women on the show.

The next court date is Friday.

Doctor Paul Wilkes claims he was duped. He says he made the comments during what he thought was an audition for "Bar Rescue." The show is on Spike TV. Bar and restaurant expert Jon Taffer tries to save struggling businesses.

The comments could be considered offensive to women and Wilkes is an obstetrician. After the show aired, Wilkes says his life changed.

"There have been nights at the depths of my depression as a result of this where I would sit on my bedroom floor with pictures of my children and with a loaded nine millimeter pistol," Wilkes said.

Wilkes is a physician specializing in high-risk pregnancies in Las Vegas.

In 2012, he was a partner at the Sand Dollar Lounge, which was failing and he reached out to "Bar Rescue."

Wilkes claims while he thought he was only auditioning for the show, he was encouraged to make controversial statements and to even hit on Jon Taffer's wife, but those comments he made ended up on TV.

"Promises were made that were not kept and assurances were given to me that were not respected and I used poor judgment in trusting people I shouldn't have trusted," Wilkes said.

Now Wilkes is suing Bongo, LLC , the production company behind "Bar Rescue," and Jon Taffer and his wife, who are also Las Vegas residents.

8 News NOW contacted Bongo and reached out the Taffers.

An attorney representing them declined comment, but in court records, the "Bar Rescue" team claims Wilkes signed, "not one, not two, not three, but four separate releases assuming the risk of participating in the program."

Wilkes says he did not read the releases before signing them.

"All day long I have contracts put in front of me. I have 100 page long contracts with health care companies. I have 50 page contracts from the bank for the mortgage on my medical real estate. I trust that what is in that contract when summarized to me by the person who is handing it to me is what is in that contract and I was foolish. That was really foolish on my part," Wilkes said.

Wilkes asks for forgiveness from any women he offended, especially his patients.

He says he is a father of three, dedicated to medicine and provides free medical care at Safe Nest, a charity for domestic abuse services.

He says his lawsuit is aimed at preventing "Bar Rescue" producers from misrepresenting others in the future.

By the way, Wilkes says the bar was not rescued, and he is no longer an owner.


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