Ousted Grey’s Anatomy writer Elisabeth Finch admits to lying about her medical and personal history

Elisabeth Finch, a television writer revered for her work as a consulting producer on Grey’s Anatomyadmitted to fabricating things about his life several months after various exposes uncovered a web of lies regarding his medical and personal history.

Finch – who quit the medical drama in March after being placed on administrative leave therefore Disney could investigate – said the pinner that she “never had any form of cancer”, and that her older brother Eric did not kill himself, lies she told during her time on the Shonda Rhimes series. Eric is actually alive and currently working as a doctor in Florida.

“It got bigger and bigger and bigger and buried itself deeper and deeper inside me,” she said of the lies, adding, “I know what I I did is absolutely wrong. I lied and there is no excuse for that.” But there’s “context for it,” Finch said. “The best way to explain it is that when you go through a level of trauma, a lot of people go into a maladaptive coping mechanism. Some people drink to hide or forget things. Addicts try to alter their reality. Some people cut themselves.”

Elizabeth Finch in Grey’s Anatomy

Mitch Haaseth/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images Elisabeth Finch (center) on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy”

“I lied,” she said. “It was my way of coping and my way of feeling safe, seen and heard.” As a result, Finch’s wife left her, her family members disowned her, and she is no longer allowed to see her children. She fills her days with long walks and therapy. “I would like to have a grid that would show who doesn’t talk to me because they can’t [legally]”, said Finch. “Who don’t talk to me because they don’t know what to say. Who doesn’t talk to me because they’re pissed.”

“It was a very quiet and very sad time,” she added. When the reveals came out between March and May of this year, there were people who “were immediately very, very mean to the text”, she said. “Family and friends who called me a freak and a fraud and said that was all I would be known for and soon more truth would come out.”

Finch previously claimed she had a rare form of bone cancer, helped clean up the remains of her friend’s body from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after the 2018 shooting, lost a kidney and part of her leg and suffered abuse by a male director during her time as writer on The Vampire Diaries. She has also written about her fabricated medical history for publications like She and Shondaland.com, among other publications.

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