Three women speak out about their former doctor, an elite UCLA gynecologist. “predator” “monster”He performed unnecessary pelvic examinations on them for his sexual pleasure.
Dr. James Heaps, who is currently facing 21 charges of sexually abusing patients, is currently being tried.
During his 30+ years at UCLA Medical Center, he was one of the most highly-paid physicians.
The university has now paid $700 million to more than 5,000 former patients.
“I was young and completely trusting in this doctor and in UCLA,”One of the women stated.
In their lawsuit, they claimed UCLA Medical Center knew about multiple complaints involving Heaps’ behavior, but failed to act.
“I believe deep in my heart that the people in charge at UCLA knew,”Another patient spoke.
“And the sad thing is they allowed it to happen year after year after year,”The other woman spoke.
Jennifer McGrath, a lawyer, and Darren Kavinoky are representing the women. They asked not to be named.
“Dr. Heaps not only betrayed the trust that his patients bestowed in him, but he would oftentimes exaggerate or embellish a woman’s risk of cancer, specifically to get those women back in his office, when he could abuse them yet again,” Kavinoky said.
Heaps was unable to respond to Lisa Guerrero’s request for comment from Inside Edition chief investigative journalist Lisa Guerrero. He didn’t reply, but his attorney stated that Dr. Heaps refuted all the allegations. There are just many women out there who swear by him and think he’s the greatest doctor they have ever gone to.”
UCLA told Inside Edition that Heaps’ alleged conduct was reprehensible. They also said they believe the settlement is one step in healing the hearts of the women who spoke out.
Heaps pleaded not guilty for the criminal charges against him.