College of California settles sexual abuse lawsuit over former gynecologist – UPI Information
Feb. 8 (UPI) — The College of California settled a lawsuit Tuesday with greater than 200 individuals who declare they had been sexually abused by a former gynecologist with the varsity, in response to legal professionals for the varsity.
The lawsuit settles complaints towards former patients of Dr. James Heaps made between 1983 and 2018.
The agreement was reached with the help of a mediator. Underneath phrases of the settlement, the general public college pays 203 victims a complete of $246.3 million.
That is along with the $73 million settlement reached with seven different victims thought-about to be the first complainants, in November 2020. Neither Heaps or the varsity admitted to wrongdoing in that settlement.
Heaps labored for UCLA for 35 years and served as director of the UCLA Medical Heart School for 29 of these years.
The 65-year-old Heaps was indicted in 2021 on 21 counts of sexual abuse associated to seven victims. He’s presently awaiting trial after pleading not responsible.
“This historic settlement permits these courageous ladies to realize their litigation targets of accountability and compensation, paving the trail for his or her continued therapeutic,” mentioned one of many lead plaintiff’s lawyers, John Manly.
“What this says is when two of the most important hospitals in our county each have long-term sexual predators working towards drugs, there’s a drawback within the methods. What my shoppers hope is UCLA and your complete UC system dramatically change their insurance policies to handle the problems right here.”
Heaps was not concerned within the settlements, and his prison legal professionals say he maintains his innocence.
“He adamantly maintains his innocence, and we’re presently litigating the case within the court docket of attraction,” Leonard Levine advised the LA Instances.
The settlement doesn’t cowl greater than 300 sufferers who’re persevering with to sue. Total, more than 5,500 women have filed complaints towards Heaps.