Patrick Dempsey Beat His Ex and Terrorized Colleagues on the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Patrick Dempsey often filled the newspaper columns for his problematic behavior

by Sededin Dedovic
Patrick Dempsey Beat His Ex and Terrorized Colleagues on the Set of 'Grey's Anatomy'
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Patrick Dempsey's tumultuous personal life has been a frequent subject in newspaper columns, shedding light on his problematic behavior. Rocky Parker, his ex-wife, offered a grim testimony about the horrors she endured during their marriage, revealing a shocking incident during the filming of "Can't Buy Me Love." In 1994, as part of their divorce proceedings, Parker disclosed: "While we were on the set of his movie 'Can't Buy Me Love,' he beat me because, as he said, he wanted to know what it feels like to beat a woman.

I now suffer from arthritis in the hand where he broke my finger. He pushed me into the van and closed the door over my finger." The couple was married from 1987 to 1994, and it was only after their separation that the dark truth about their relationship surfaced.

Despite initially dropping the allegation of violence, Parker admitted seeking regular psychiatric help to cope with her tumultuous marriage. "I saw a psychiatrist regularly when I was married and took anti-depressants and other drugs to function," she disclosed.

Tragically, Parker succumbed to lung cancer in 2014. After marrying makeup artist Jillian Fink in 1999, Patrick Dempsey, known for his role in "Grey's Anatomy," faced challenges on set due to disruptive behavior. The strain became overwhelming for the cast and crew, leading to the decision to "kill off" his character in the series.

Despite the turmoil, Dempsey and Fink have navigated through their share of ups and downs, raising three children together. The actor's journey reflects the complexities of fame and personal relationships intertwining with the demanding world of television production.

Former executive producer James D. Periot revealed the extent of Dempsey's disruptive actions, stating that he "terrorized everyone around him." This revelation sent shockwaves through the show's fanbase, particularly as the details of Dempsey's behavior emerged, causing mental health issues among the cast.

The once-beloved actor's behind-the-scenes actions tainted his on-screen legacy, leaving a lasting impact on those who worked alongside him.