A Utah theater director was fired for lying extensively about his resume, only to be paid out $175,000 after he claimed to suffer from a compulsive lying disorder.
Christopher Massimine resigned from the Pioneer Theater Company at the University of Utah in 2021 after the school confronted him about numerous fabrications on his resume, including a phony humanitarian award he claimed to have won.
Soon after he was ousted, Massimine went to a local psychiatrist, Dr. Jordan W. Merrill, who said he engaged in ‘benign lying’ which served as a way to cope with ‘his internal fragility.’
Massimine’s lying went far deeper than mere flubs on his resume, according to his and his wife’s account, and comprised a life of mistruths and outright fabrications that included claims he had climbed Mount Everest, was a chair at MENSA International, and even that he’d had an affair with Kourtney Kardashian.
The diagnosis that his lying was a mental illness led Massimine and the University of Utah to reach…