A hedge fund manager is suing his lover-turned-therapist after she “seduced” him into hot office feuds while raking in more than $250,000 in “mistress money.”
Married father-of-two, Michael Pollack, 46, claims he was tricked by New York City therapist Heidi Kling, 58, into believing he was “stuck” in his marriage .
The duo had a secret relationship for 10 years after he started seeing the therapist during the 2008 financial crisis, reports the New York Post.
During their affair, Pollack regularly gave Kling large sums of money at the end of his raunchy therapy sessions, which he says amounted to more than $250,000 by the time they broke up.
In court filings, filed Tuesday in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the Wall Streeter says the psychiatrist “nurtured” an emotional dependency that led him to split his fortune.
Michael Pollack, pictured, has alleged in a lawsuit that he was conned 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 is now wrestling with ‘how much time he lost with his family’ in addition to 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 Mumbai terror attack while visiting his wife’s family, with the trauma of the ordeal one of the reasons he sought help from Kling.
But while she was undergoing “treatment” from the therapist, the lawsuit alleges she cast a spell on Pollack, including by constantly sending him flirty emails.
He admitted that he had an “erotic interest” in Kling after only six months, but now claims she inspired an “idolatry” of her to swindle his fortune.
As the two began a sordid love affair, the psychiatrist convinced Pollack that his wife was “difficult to love,” “extremely rigid,” and “highly controlling,” according to court documents.
Their relationship turned physical in 2011 during an intimate therapy session, where the lawsuit alleges that Kling “took (his) hand in hers and began sexual contact. The sexual contact escalated and continued in every session after that.’
He claims their connection often became extremely costly as he paid the therapist “thousands a week when (Kling’s) husband, Marty, was out of work.”
The father, whose wife is from India, also regularly 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 foundation for her precious love affair with Pollack
During their fling, the duo bizarrely turned the tables, with Pollack serving as Kling’s therapist before ending their sessions with a sex romp.
Court documents allege Kling’s mentor Joseph Newirth, 79, pictured encouraged their affair
He estimates his therapy costs with Kling rose to $50,000 before their relationship became intimate. After the start of their affair, he claims that his “mistress money” payments exceeded a quarter of a million dollars.
Pollack says he would drain a bank account that his wife couldn’t access, using an ATM near Kling’s Union Square office in Manhattan.
But while the hedge funder would pay for “therapy,” he says the roles would often be bizarrely reversed, where he would spend his appointments “calming and comforting” Kling.
He often came to his sessions for her to “argue with her husband, her children or a third party” before ending their sessions with sex games, he claims.
Despite relationships between therapists and patients being strictly prohibited, Pollack claims that Kling’s mentor, Joseph Newirth, 79 – with whom he also had appointments – encouraged their affair.
He reportedly told the father that their romance would help him “grow emotionally.”
Their years of entanglement came to an end in August 2021 after Pollack “began to feel tremendous internal pressure to make a choice between Dr. Kling or his wife.”
But after she ended things with the therapist, her mentor Newirth allegedly scolded Pollack by yelling, “You were a robot before you met her.” She opened you, gave you life.’
“I had PTSD. It was erotic transference,” Pollack replied, according to the lawsuit.
After the ordeal, Pollack is suing the therapists for unspecified damages, claiming he is now “struggling with how much time he lost with his family while being consumed with commitment.”
According to Psychology todayKling specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, eating disorders and relationship problems.
In the outlet, she writes that she uses a “direct and interactive approach to help clients clarify issues, apply strategies to minimize negative behavior patterns, and deal more effectively with painful emotions.”
DailyMail.com has contacted Kling and Newirth for comment.