In a landmark settlement, Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to settle the claims of more than 7,000 women who had their pelvic exams secretly recorded by Dr. Nikita A. Levy, a gynecologist and obstetrician. During patient exams, the doctor wore a pen around his neck. It was really a concealed camera, and for years he secretly recording women at their most private moments, during pelvic exams. Dr. Levy was fired in February 2013 after a female colleague reported her suspicions of his pen-like device. Ten days later, he committed suicide. According to the Baltimore Sun, investigators found more than 1,300 videos and images during searches of Levy’s home and office. Plaintiffs’ attorneys estimate more than 8,000 patients could have a claim. It is unknown whether the photos or videos of these exams were disseminated to third parties.
The facts of this case highlight what appears to be the growing problem of sexual misconduct by physicians and other medical personnel. The physician-patient relationship is based on trust and privacy. Any violation of this trust, including for sexual gratification, is an enormous betrayal and can lead to horrific emotional and psychological injury. Patients should feel safe and comfortable in the setting of a physician’s office and should not have to be concerned that they will be subjected to sexual assault or an invasion of privacy. We commend the hospital employee who reported her suspicions about Dr. Levy to hospital administrators and put an end to this horrific behavior.
Our attorneys are experienced in representing survivors of sexual assault by physicians and other medical personnel. We understand that this type of assault is an extraordinary breach of trust and an invasion. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, please contact our law firm at (954) 524-2820 or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected].