Baltimore, MD, United States (4E) – Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to settle a class action suit from more than 8,000 patients for a record $190 million, lawyers said on Monday.
The lawsuit was brought last fall after the patients learned that the gynecologist who examined them, Dr. Nikita Levy, secretly took photos and videos of their private parts. A hospital colleague learned about the hidden camera Levy used to take the photos and videos and blew the whistle on Levy.
In the subsequent search of Levy’s home in the Towson area, police found more than 1,200 videos and 140 images from his computer drive. Police also found six cameras concealed in pens and two cameras concealed in fobs, which can be attached to key chains.
The hospital fired Levy, 54, on Feb. 8 last year and he committed suicide 10 days later.
Hopkins officials and Jonathan Schochor, the chairman of the plaintiffs’ committee, said the settlement can “begin the process of healing our community.”
Hopkins had identified more than 12,500 potential victims of Levy. Investigators did not find evidence that the photos and videos were shared to others and Levy did not recorded any underage patients.