Victim Speaks Out After Lawyer Convicted of Hypnotizing Clients

Ohio divorce attorney Michael Fine sentenced to 12 years for hypnotizing six female clients after he pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping with sexual motivation.
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We are back with newly released video that shows an Ohio divorce lawyer hypnotizing and molesting a female client now behind bars. Mara schiavocampo has the story. Good morning. Reporter: George, good morning. That secretly recorded video showing an unbelievable crime in action. That woman, one of six who have since stepped forward and now we're hearing from another one of this man's hypnosis victims. This morning, shocking new video of an Ohio divorce attorney hypnotizing a female client. Two, three, sleep. Reporter: So he could take advantage of her. One, two, three. Reporter: Watch as 59-year-old Michael fine puts the woman into a trance without her knowledge or consent. Saying it's just a breathing exercise. Let's take a deep breath. Reporter: But fine uses his hypnosis to make the woman walk over to the douche where he initiates a sexual encounter. Your entire body is a vessel of pleasure. Reporter: Before awakening her and acting like nothing ever happened. Okay, so we have some papers to go over. Reporter: That's when police bust in and nab him. Police officers. Step over here. Yes, sir. Reporter: The video part of a 2014 sting operation. The woman alerting authorities after noticing her clothing would be disheveled after their appointments. The basic law of hypnosis is that you cannot make people do what they don't want to do. However, we can affect the things that you want that you desire. Reporter: She wasn't the only one. He ruined a lot of people's lives. Reporter: Melissa who doesn't want to reveal her last name said she too was hypnotized and molested by fine. He liked to hold your hand. He's right there with you and will protect you and he was the one that was the predator. Reporter: Now fine is serving 12 years in prison for hypnotizing six female clients after pleading guilty to five counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping, all with a sexual motivation specification and now faces six civil lawsuits. She unfortunately met a very bad lawyer who took advantage of her. Who was a predator. Who breached her trust. Reporter: Now to add insult to injury fine was even billing these women for his services as a lawyer during the time spent hypnotizing and taking advantage of them. He has since been disbarred. As for civil trials no date was set. We did reach out to fine for comment but we did not hear back. George. Boy, the outrages pile up. Thanks very much. Let's bring back our legal team Dan Abrams along with sunny Hostin. Sunny, you know, when you first heard about this case it was horrifying. Seeing the tape makes it so much worse. It's so much worse. Heartbreaking because as an attorney we do know as attorneys our clients are people we protect. Our clients are people that we are sworn to protect and when you see this sort of violation in the inner sanctum, Dan and I were discussing this, it could be up to 25 women he did this to. Only six he pled guilty to. He's behind bars. Does he have any chance. No chance to win the civil suits. The question is damages. He's going to lose them but the question is going to be what's the number? Is he going to defend them at all? I mean, because when you're talking about a civil lawsuit you're talking about money damages. And the questions are going to be does he come forward and use the kind of defense he might have used in a criminal case which is, well, you know, let's not blow this out of proportion as you just heard in the piece. Can't make them do something they don't want to do. Exactly. So, therefore, what should damages be? You know, my guess is that he's going to be able to somehow resolve these. File for bankruptcy. And pay, you know, these women a significant amount of money if he has it. If he has it. That's the thing. Maybe these are just paper judgments. You have to enforce the judgment but the other thing that I'm thinking about is because he pled guilty what kind of defense does he have? I mean he already admitted to the behavior. He's going to be found responsible. The question is just going to be what is that payout. Does he have any money. What are the damages. Insurance companies don't have to pay the money? There certainly is a legal malpractice angle to this because lawyers aren't supposed to do this kind of thing so if he was insured then perhaps, perhaps they'll get some sort of money. He has a family too and I only say that to point out he has a wife and kids and as a result he may try to fight to protect whatever assets that he has. That's true. Can you bring in a new defense you didn't use before? Sure, you can try. In a civil case. But it's going to be used against him that he's already admitted the conduct. He could then say, though, but with that said the damages should still be minimal because of X, Y and Z. These go way beyond what we saw in that -- on that tape in that room. We're talking about the intentional infliction of emotional distress. These women will have a lot of trouble trusting anyone especially someone that was supposed to be -- Medical fees. Psychologist, a lot of expenses. Clearly you don't think it's going to be a close call. No. No, whether he's responsible, no.

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