Dr. Feelgood Has His Day in Court

by Sam Sloan

A prominent porn star who became a doctor who claims to have discovered a cure for AIDS hit the jackpot in March when Judge Raymond D. Williamson, Jr. of the San Francisco Superior Court ordered that his ex-girlfriend must pay him $562,077 in compensation since he moved out of their house in 1975.

Dr. Laurence E. Badgley, who was a star in the 1970's porn movie " Cocksucker Blues ", first became famous as the original " Dr. Feelgood ", the notorious doctor for the Rolling Stones. In an article by Andy Warhol in "Rolling Stone" for April 12, 1973, page 39, Truman Capote was quoted as saying the following about Dr. Badgley:

"They had this doctor on the plane who was a young doctor from San Francisco, rather good looking. He would pass through the plane with a big plate of pills, every kind you could imagine, everything from vitamin C to coke ... I couldn't really quite figure out why. He had just started practice in San Francisco, and this seemed sort of a dramatic thing to be doing, traveling with, uh ... I mean, especially since he wasn't particularly a great fan of theirs.

"It developed that he had a super-Lolita complex. I mean 13-, 14-year-old kids. He would arrive at whatever city we would arrive at, and there would always be these hordes of kids outside and he would walk around you know like a super-fuck and say 'You know I'm Mick Jagger's personal physician. How would you like to see the show from backstage?' And they'd go 'Oooo! Wigawigawigawa!' He would get quite a collection of them. Backstage, you know, he would have them spread out, and every now and then he would bring one back to the plane. Usually someone slightly older.

"The one I remember the most was a girl who said she'd come to the Rolling Stones thing to get a story for her high school newspaper, and wasn't this wonderful how she'd met Dr. Feelgood and got backstage ... Anyway, she got on the plane, and she sure got a story, all right, because they fitted up the back of the plane for this. You remember Robert Frank? He was on the tour. Robert Frank got out of his lights, the plane was flying along and there was Dr. Feelgood screwing this girl in every conceivable position while Robert Frank was filming. ....

"They had lights up and everything. She was enjoying it! I said to her, 'Well, you came to get a story for your high school newspaper and you are sure getting one.' She got off at the next stop. I must say they were always very nice about these kids."

Later on, Dr. Badgley got in the news again with his "pain-killing machine", which he called "Acu-Stim". Permission to market this device was denied by the FDA. More recently, Dr. Badgley became known for his claims to have found a cure for AIDS through what he calls "natural therapy". He has written a book about this entitled Healing AIDS Naturally (ISBN 0-941523-00-4). However, in an article in "The San Francisco Progress" for January 13, 1988, entitled "Medical Community calls Natural AIDS therapy 'quackery' ," Mark Madsen, the Director of the Department of Physical Education for the California Medical Association, called Dr. Badgley's claims "borderline quackery".

Now, however, Dr. Badgley has finally hit it big with a ruling of the California Superior Court which, in effect, has made Dr. Badgley an overnight millionaire.

Dr. Badgley in 1973 met a wealthy and successful self-made businesswoman and real estate investor who was not aware of his controversial recent past. At that point, she already owned several apartment buildings in San Francisco and had just made a down payment on a 27-room house. After Dr. Badgley became her boyfriend, he insisted on becoming partners with her in the house, which she had recently purchased. He gave her twenty thousand dollars, and, in return, she put his name on the deed. He also got her to sign a contract, which had been prepared by his lawyers, which provided that the house would be used as a set to make movies. Not knowing his background, she failed to realize from this that actually he intended to make porno movies in their house.

Their relationship did not last long. He abruptly moved out of the house on December 31, 1975, at the very moment that narcotics investigators from the San Francisco Police were entering the house to investigate a complaint that Dr. Badgley was supplying drugs to teenagers in the house. The police tried to search his bags on the way out the door, but he made good his get-away. Dr. Badgley has always since accused his by then former girlfriend of calling the police on him. On this ground, he claims that he was forced by her to leave their house and that therefore she must pay him rent. However, it was later established that it was actually a housemaid named Judy who had been sexually approached by Dr. Badgley who had summoned the police.

Six days later, Dr. Badgley's lawyers wrote a letter to his former girlfriend demanding that she sell the house to him for a nominal sum. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Badgley filed the first of his five lawsuits claiming the right to possession of the house. Dr. Badgley was represented by David Birenbaum, a lawyer who is involved in a recent highly publicized case in which a 93-year-old woman in San Francisco was swindled out of 6.5 million dollars.

After moving out of the house, Dr. Badgley paid nothing towards the mortgage or towards the upkeep. All of the money to maintain the house was paid by his former girlfriend. Then, in 1984, Dr. Badgley filed for bankruptcy. Although he listed the house as an asset, he stated that it had "no market value" due to pending litigation and that none of his funds were required for the upkeep of the house. He never notified his former girlfriend that he was in bankruptcy. He never listed his share of the mortgage on the house as among his liabilities. His former girlfriend had no choice but to continue to make the mortgage payments on her own, or otherwise she would forfeit her interest in the house. The girlfriend, an activist in environmental affairs and in animal rights, became increasingly determined to defend the historical landmark house, believing that Dr. Badgley wanted to sell it to developers, who would demolish it and make it into a condo.

The result of this was that when Dr. Badgley emerged from bankruptcy in 1986, he had no liabilities but he still claimed the right to ownership of one-half of the house, which had by then appreciated considerably in value and was worth more than one million dollars.

Immediately after he had moved out of the house, Dr. Badgley had embarked on a campaign of harassment of his former girlfriend. He reported her to every governmental agency imaginable, including the Zoning Administrator, the Chief Building Inspector, the Franchise Tax Board, the IRS, the FBI, the vice squad, and various housing and planning commissions. He hired a private detective, who came to the house pretending to want to rent a room. The detective met the 16-year-old daughter of the former girlfriend, and started dating her, trying to give her marijuana and finally offering her money for sex, which she wisely declined. Later, when the former girlfriend married, Dr. Badgley had men call her husband on the telephone and claim that they were having an affair with his wife. Dr. Badgley also sent a woman whom he paid to have sex with her husband. The woman often stood in front of the house waiting for the husband to come out. That woman was later found to have AIDS, but, at last knowledge, is still alive. Dr. Badgley also got newspaper articles published about his former girlfriend, including one of the front page of "The San Francisco Progress" dated December 15, 1982, in which Dr. Badgley claimed that the house was in her "iron fist" and was populated by "black people ... with their skin painted pink."

In 1987, Dr. Badgley obtained a court order requiring his former girlfriend to produce her financial records pertaining to the house in court. On October 21, 1987, the morning of the court date, the former girlfriend walked out of the front door to her mansion, only to find that her Mercedes had been stolen, along with all of her financial records, which had been in the trunk. The car was discovered abandoned a few days later, having been towed by a tow-truck, but the financial records, including receipts for repairs done on the house, were missing and have never been recovered.

Later, a Mr. Kenneth Wang was arrested and spent a week in jail for the theft of the car. He confessed that he had been hired by Dr. Badgley to steal the car and to give Dr. Badgley the financial records. He was released on bail and skipped bond, later to be found to Florida.

The financial records were never recovered. This subsequently led Judge Williamson to conclude that "the entries in her accounting are largely unsupported by reliable documentary evidence". As a result, she was not given credit for an expenditure of more than one hundred thousand dollars just to repair leaks and to fix the roof of the house. Judge Williamson disallowed that expenditure also on the further grounds that Dr. Badgley had not agreed to have the roof fixed, even though "The San Francisco Progress" dated December 15, 1982, page A6, reported that the house "must leak like a sieve".

Kenneth Wang had been able to steal the car as a result of succeeding in stealing the keys through gaining entry into her house by renting a room. He was just one of many tenants who were, in reality, hired by Dr. Badgley to spy on his former girlfriend. Dr. Badgley also rented an apartment just across the street from her house, on an upper floor, which gave him a clear view into the bedroom of his former girlfriend. He maintains that apartment to this day, although he lives elsewhere.

After 16 years of fighting in court, four of the five consolidated cases, all filed by Dr. Badgley, were finally heard in late 1991. Judge Williamson never heard the live testimony of witnesses. Instead, he just relied upon depositions taken before a commissioner. Nevertheless, without ever seeing the parties testifying in person, Judge Williamson decided to believe Dr. Badgley's story, which was that his former girlfriend forced him to leave the house and that Dr. Feelgood never dealt in narcotics.

In a decision handed down in March, 1992, Judge Williamson ordered that the former girlfriend must give to Dr. Badgley the keys to the house and must allow him to move back into the house with her. Although Judge Williamson stopped short of ordering that she must have sex with him again, he did order that she must pay him $506,000. This was calculated by Judge Williamson on the basis that the rent for a comparable house from 1976 through 1987 was $2000 per month and from 1987 to 1992 was $3000 per month, for a grand total of $506,000 for the entire 17 years. Judge Williamson also ordered her to pay him $52,500 in legal fees, plus decreed that he still owns one-half of the house which, by now, has a value of more than two million dollars. The girlfriend got insufficient credit for the fact that she had paid the entire mortgage since 1977 and had paid more than two hundred thousand dollars for repairs and upkeep of the house (the actual amount she paid was six hundred thousand dollars, but Judge Williamson disallowed four hundred thousand) and that his total investment and expenditures on the house from the beginning until the present was less than $38,000. Judge Williamson held that her expenditures were offset by the amount that she had received by renting out rooms in the house, during the period before she realized that many of those who rented rooms from her were actually spies hired by Dr. Badgley.

It is to be recalled that at one time in history, women were not allowed to own real estate. It appears that Judge Williamson still thinks that women were made to serve men.

For more about the movie staring Dr. Badgley, see: Cocksucker's Blues.

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