July 23, 2014 08:17
A major U.S. medical institution has agreed to pay $190 million to more than 8,000 women who were secretly photographed and videotaped by a gynecologist as he examined them at the hospital.
Monday's settlement covers claims Dr. Nikita Levy recorded images of the women for several years with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck as he gave them pelvic exams at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fired by the hospital in February 2013 after a female colleague spotted the camera and alerted officials of her suspicions.
Police discovered about 1,200 videos and 140 images at his home, but concluded there was no evidence he shared the material with others. Levy committed suicide 10 days after his firing.
A lawyer for the women said they "were brutalized" by the doctor's conduct, which left some dysfunctional in their personal and professional lives.
The hospital said it believed the damage payments were fair and voiced the hope the settlement would "achieve a measure of closure" for the victimized women. The hospital said all of the damages would be paid through its insurance coverage.
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