Nov. 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM ET
Troubles between Kim Kardashian and her soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries were evident on Sunday night’s season premiere of “Kim and Kourtney Take New York.” There was the frequent bickering, the heated disagreement on the subject of nude yoga and of particular interest to celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Drew Pinsky, a fight over a broken toenail that ended in a punch.
The wounded nail belonged to Kardashian and the subject of the punch was accidental nail-masher Humphries, and according to Pinsky, the exchange was clear evidence of abuse.
“What you are seeing there is domestic violence,” he said as he repeatedly played the clip for his “Dr. Drew” audience to see. “A lot of people watching this may not understand this, and I get that. It looks playful. What’s the big deal? It is a massive deal and it’s important."
It’s not that the doctor is worried for the couple. Instead, Pinsky’s worried about the message Kardashian’s actions send to viewers.
“It’s important for everyone else,” he said. “For Kris and Kim, they’re separating. That’s over with. This doesn’t need to be reported or anything, but anybody listening at home and viewing this has to understand the spectrum of domestic violence, and this is incontrovertible evidence of someone engaged in a domestic violence relationship.”
And for those that would excuse Kardashian simply because she’s a fraction of the size of the towering basketball player she briefly wed, Pinsky warned that it’s no excuse.
“It’s illegal, and it goes to a bad place,” he stressed. “It progresses. It starts and goes — it doesn’t stay right there. The size, gender does not matter. It goes to a horrible, horrible place.”
Neither Kardashian nor Humphries responded to Pinsky’s efforts to reach them about his concerns.
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