‘Grey’s Anatomy’ writer says she lied about cancer, brother who died: ‘I regretted it’

Elizabeth Finch, the screenwriter of the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, finally admitted her medical manipulation.

“I’ve never had cancer,” he said Accepted to Ankler in a bombshell interview.

“I lied when I was 34 and it was the biggest mistake of my life. It kept getting bigger and bigger and deeper and deeper inside me,” he continued.

Finch was sacked earlier this year after allegations emerged that he had fabricated health crises and was investigated following the bombshell report.

Several of the “Grey’s” storylines, which he later voluntarily left, were based on Finch’s alleged life experiences, which he now admits are entirely fictional.

“What I did was wrong. Not good. F – stood up. All the words,” said the former crew member, who first started writing for the hit drama in 2015.

What started as a knee injury in 2007 quickly turned into a complicated horror of lies. The “context” of the lie, he explained, began with an addiction to intensive care while hiking and recovering from surgery.

The “Grey’s” screenwriter pretended to be sick by shaving his head to convince his colleagues that he had cancer.
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Then, there was “dead silence”—no more special treatment or practical help—and so the lie began “in that silence.” He also accused his brother Eric of childhood abuse at the hands of him, accusing him of “terrifying” him, but not enough to leave a mark.

“I had no support and reverted to my old maladaptive coping mechanisms,” she said. “I lied and made things up because I needed support and attention and that’s what I did.”

In 2012, he told his friends and colleagues the terrible news: doctors found a tumor. She claimed the rare tumor had damaged her spine and was unresponsive to chemotherapy treatments, and she went on to publish several personal essays in Elle magazine about her horror stories and anecdotes. since it was deleted.

He chose his particular type of cancer — chondrosarcoma — because it’s difficult to treat, he told Ankler. When he turned his first fib, he said he lost a kidney and part of a leg – so he had a knee replacement.

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Finch (left) based stories on the popular drama drawn from her own life experiences — or so the Shondaland team thought.
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“I know what I did was absolutely wrong,” he admitted. “I lied and there is no excuse for it. But there is a context for this. The best way I can explain it is when you experience a level of trauma, many people use a maladaptive coping mechanism. Some people drink to hide or forget things. Addicts try to change their reality. Some people cross. I lied. It was my way of coping and feeling safe and being seen and heard.”

Her false weave stretched far beyond herself. In addition to embarrassing the famous screenwriter Shonda Rhimes – the founder of “Grey’s” – and the entire Disney family, she fabricated other people’s deaths to evoke sympathy. He even went so far as to claim that his brother Eric committed suicide in 2019.

It turns out that he works as a doctor in Florida.

“My brother and I were unaware of the connective tissue between medical trauma, depression, PTSD and anxiety,” she said, claiming she met with several therapists to get a diagnosis. According to him, despite desperate attempts to call it a personality disorder, experts called it trauma.

A professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama told Ankler about the mysterious case of Elizabeth Finch. An expert, Dr. Mark D. Feldman, said it was a “classic case of fake chaos” despite never having met the disgraced screenwriter.

“The main reason people do this is because they have a personality disorder, or they have a hard time meeting their non-self-defeating needs,” he said. “Instead of asking for attention or care, they engage in pathological behavior that indirectly allows them to get what they want.”

Finch ate saltine crackers – claiming it was the only food he could stomach at the time – leaving his skin pale and light-headed. She even went so far as to put in a fake port catheter and fake vomit in the bathroom to keep up the lie.

His lifelong work resulted in his own chair in the writing room, without which no one dared to sit, and which, according to reports, many pretended to be a magnet for unhappiness. the assistant made up the lies.

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Finch became famous with the cast and crew of “Greys,” but quickly disappeared when the truth came out.
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“There was always some kind of tragedy or strange difficulty in his life,” recalls the colleague, who asked not to be named. “Things that don’t happen to others always happen to him.”

The Gulf War veteran chased her, slashed her tires and kicked in her apartment door, she claimed. The man exposed himself to her when he stopped at a red light while masturbating in a road rage, she said. He also claimed he was bombarded with anti-Semitic posters pushed under his door.

Finch insisted to Ankler that the stories were true, though his words were tainted by his habit of lying.

Once she even made a video claiming that she had an abortion due to a cancer diagnosis Now this political tensions have risen around reproductive freedoms.

By March 2022, after more than a decade of elaborate lies, about his capture. Inside sources have revealed that his too-good-to-be-true stories are, in fact, just that.

At least they were too good to actually happen to him. Doubts about Finch’s claims first arose when a colleague called Finch’s wife, Jennifer Beyer, and noticed that Beyer’s illnesses and stories were very similar to those she had heard from Finch.

When Beyer met with Disney, which owns Shondaland and the ABC network, it became clear that their ailing screenwriter was healthier than they thought.

“When you’re wrapped up in a lie, you forget who you told — what you said to that person and whether that person knows it — and that’s a world where you can get caught,” Finch said.

Now his paranoia has dissipated and all he has to do is clean up his mess, he said.

“I was hoping that what I did would allow me to get back into a relationship where I could say, ‘OK, I’ve done it, I’ve hurt a lot of people, and I’m going to do my own thing.’ Get off your ass because I want to be here and I know what it’s like to lose everything,” he said.


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