Married hedge fund manager sues NYC therapist-turned-lover for allegedly ‘seducing’ office romps
A hedge fund manager is suing his therapist-turned-lover after she ‘seduced’ him into steamy office romps while taking in over $250k in ‘mistress money.’
Married father-of-two Michael Pollack, 46, claims he was duped into believing he was ‘trapped’ in his marriage by New York City therapist Heidi Kling, 58, according to a lawsuit.
The duo were involved in a secret relationship for 10 years, after he began seeing the therapist during the 2008 financial crisis, reports the New York Post.
Throughout their affair, Pollack frequently gave Kling large sums of money at the end of his raunchy therapy sessions, which he claims amounted to over $250,000 by the time they parted ways.
In the court filings, submitted to the Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday, the Wall Streeter says the shrink ‘fostered’ an emotional dependence, which led him to fork over his fortune.
Michael Pollack (pictured) claimed in a lawsuit that he was swindled out of more than $250,000 by his therapist-turned-lover
Dr Heidi Kling, 58, (pictured) is being sued by Pollack following the end of their affair, which he claims has now led him to struggle ‘with how much time he lost with his family’ alongside losing his fortune
Pollack is the co-founder and CEO of the SCA Charitable Foundation, and previously worked for Wall Street hedge fund Glenhill Capital, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He founded his charity after surviving the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai while visiting his wife’s family, with the trauma of the ordeal one of the reasons he sought help from Kling.
But while undergoing ‘treatment’ from the therapist, the lawsuit claims she enchanted Pollack, including sending him constant flirtatious emails.
He admitted he had an ‘erotic interest’ in Kling after just six months, but now claims she inspired an ‘idolization’ of her to swindle him out of his fortune.
While the two embarked on a sordid love affair, the shrink convinced Pollack that his spouse was ‘difficult to love,’ ‘extremely rigid’, and ‘highly controlling’, according to the court documents.
Their relationship turned physical in 2011 during an intimate therapy session, where the lawsuit claims that Kling ‘took (his) hand in hers, and initiated sexual contact. The sexual contact escalated, and continued in every, single session thereafter.’
He alleges that their liaison often became extremely costly, as he paid the therapist ‘thousands per week when (Kling’s) husband, Marty, was out of work’.
The dad, whose wife is from India, also frequently exchanged flirty messages with Kling, including sharing intimate verses in Hindi about desire.
A lawsuit alleges that Kling’s Manhattan therapy office, pictured, became the base for her costly love affair with Pollack
During their affair, the duo would bizarrely reverse roles, with Pollack serving as Kling’s therapist before they ended their sessions with a sex romp
Court filings allege that Kling’s mentor Joseph Newirth, 79, pictured, encouraged their fling
He estimates that his therapy costs with Kling ran up to $50,000 before their relationship became intimate. Following the start of their affair, he claims his ‘mistress money’ payments ran upwards of a quarter of a million dollars.
Pollack says he would empty a bank account his wife didn’t have access to, using an ATM near Kling’s office in Manhattan’s Union Square.
But while the hedge funder would pay for ‘therapy’, he says the roles would often be bizarrely reversed, where he would spend his appointments ‘soothing and comforting’ Kling.
He would often arrive at his sessions to find her ‘arguing with her husband, her children, or a third-party,’ before they would end their sessions with sex-romps, he claims.
Despite relationships between therapists and patients being strictly forbidden, Pollack claims Kling’s mentor, Joseph Newirth, 79 – who he also had appointments with – encouraged their fling.
He reportedly told the dad their romance would help him ‘grow emotionally’.
Their years-long entanglement came to a halt in August 2021 after Pollack began ‘to feel enormous internal pressure to make a choice between Dr Kling or his wife’.
But after ending things with the therapist, her mentor Newirth allegedly berated Pollack, shouting: ‘You were a f***ing robot before you met her. She opened you up, gave you life.’
‘I had PTSD. It was erotic transference,’ Pollack fired back, according to the lawsuit.
Following the ordeal, Pollack is suing the therapists for unspecified damages, claiming he now ‘struggles with how much time he lost with his family while he was consumed by devotion’.
According to Psychology Today, Kling specializes in treating anxiety, eating disorders, and relationship issues.
Writing in the outlet, she says she uses a ‘direct and interactive approach to help clients clarify problems, apply strategies to minimize negative behavior patterns, and cope more effectively with painful emotions.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Kling and Newirth for comment.