$73 Million Sex Abuse Settlement Against UC Gynecologist

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The University of California has reached a $73 million settlement with seven women who accused one of the hospital’s gynecologists of sexual abuse. Since this was a class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps are eligible to receive part of the settlement.

A federal judge must still approve the deal between the seven representative plaintiffs. The planned agreement, which also includes several other mandated reforms for UCLA, was filed last Monday in court.

Patients have accused Heaps of sexual assault and sexual misconduct between for the past 35 years, between 1983 and 2018, while working at the UCLA centers for medicine. Accusations include making sexually touching women sexually during exams without wearing gloves and making inappropriate comments to patients. 

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