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David Duchovny unhappy about picture in story debunking 'sex addiction'

New York, Fri, 09 Mar 2012 ANI

New York, Mar 9 (ANI): David Duchovny is infuriated over being named and pictured in a story about sex addiction being a "myth" and an excuse "for men who are in trouble with their wives."


The 'X-Files' star, who famously went into treatment for sex addiction in 2008 when he and wife Tea Leoni briefly separated, won a Golden Globe for his role as a womanizing novelist on Showtime series 'Californication'.


But he wasn't amused and called in his lawyers when The Post ran a story on Sunday by clinical psychologist David J Ley.


Ley, author of 'The Myth of Sex Addiction', stated that while stars including Duchovny, Tiger Woods and Michael Douglas have all been treated, "sex addiction is nothing more than a pop-psychology phenomenon".


"Sex has no tolerance or withdrawal effects. No one has ever died from being unable to have sex, nor has anyone ever overdosed from sex," Ley wrote in the article.


"The majority of men who enter sex- addiction treatment do so because they're in trouble with their wives for infidelity or merely for wanting more sex than she does," he said.


He concludes that treatment "has never been scientifically shown to have any effect, for a disorder that does not exist."


Duchovny's lawyer, Stanton L Stein, has slammed Ley in a letter.


"We understand that your book characterizes sex addiction as a 'fictitious disease' . . . used as an excuse for irresponsible behavior. Mr Duchovny objects to being associated with your book in any way," he wrote.


He demanded Ley make no further use of Duchovny's name or likeness to promote it.


"I am not complaining about whether sexual addiction is or is not an actual medical condition . . . I am objecting to him using my client's picture in order to sell his book," the New York Post quoted Stein as saying in his letter.


"The purpose of my letter was to tell him I don't want him using illegal pictures of my client in his book," he added. (ANI)



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