18-Year-Old 'Dr. Love' Denies Impersonating a Physician Before Storming Out of Good Morning America Interview
02/18/2016 AT 11:05 AM EST
Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, who is accused of impersonating a doctor and practicing medicine without a license, among other charges, agreed to a GMA interview following his arrest Tuesday. But after defending his actions, he walked out when the interviewer asked whether he wasn't, deep down, just a liar.
Love-Robinson, who refers to himself as "Dr. Love," claimed in the interview that he is a doctor – just not an M.D.
"I do currently hold a Ph.D. – in what, I don't feel comfortable disclosing because that is not the issue here," he said. "The issue that I face now is accusations."
The clinic Love-Robinson opened in West Palm Beach, Florida bills itself as a holistic practice and is known as the New Birth, New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic. Asked what training he underwent that qualifies him to treat patients, Love-Robinson replied, "I have shadowed many doctors."
He added: "I have been studying this particular field for a while. It may not have been eight, nine, 10 years. But it has been long enough to, I would say, justify what I do."
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The interview then devolved into farce when Love-Robinson was asked if he was, in fact, not a doctor but simply a fraud and a liar.
"I don't appreciate your tone. I don't appreciate the way you're portraying this interview to actually be," Love-Robinson said. "I'm sorry, I'm going to have to cut this interview short." He then stood up and left.
The Florida teen faces seven criminal counts, GMA said – two counts of practicing medicine without a license, one count of grand theft larceny and four counts of fraud. Among his alleged victims was an elderly woman who is said to have paid almost $3,500 for treatment of stomach pain.
Love-Robinson, who is free on bail, has given other interviews since his arrest, including one to WPTV-TV. He said in that interview that he was offering a holistic medicine alternative to people.
"This was me simply trying to do something for the community in a light that I saw that was needed and honestly if you ask me people are getting tired of hearing that they have to take a script just to feel better," he said.