Lawsuits Filed by Johns Hopkins Patients of Gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy
The first lawsuits are now being filed in Maryland on behalf of former patients of a Baltimore gynecologist who was allegedly recording and photographing patients during exams at a Johns Hopkins medical center.
It was publicly reported last week that Dr. Nikita Levy was taking unauthorized photographs and video recordings of patients treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s East Baltimore Medical Center.
The information was released after Dr. Levy’s body was found at his home, following an apparent suicide days after he was confronted with the allegations.
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Law enforcement officials have indicated that a tremendous amount of evidence was discovered at the home, including multiple computer hard drives filled with images and records, as well as photographic equipment, such as a pen camera and other hidden cameras.
The first of what is expected to be several hundred patient lawsuits against Johns Hopkins were filed late last week, including an individual claim and a class action lawsuit that seeks to represent more than 600 of Dr. Levy’s former patients who may have been secretly photographed or recorded.
One of the complaints was filed by Tyesha Bell, a former patient of Dr. Nikita Levy and an employee of Johns Hopkins who seeks $5 million in damages. Bell indicates that she remembers instances where she felt uncomfortable during treatment with Dr. Levy, but that she did not suspect she may have been photographed or videotaped during her examinations over a six year period.
Baltimore police have not informed specific patients identified in the photographs and videos or confirmed whether the recordings were distributed via the internet, leading to substantial concern and emotional distress among individuals who received OB/GYN treatment with Dr. Levy. Some lawyers representing former patients have submitted a request to the Baltimore Police Department that it release that information.
A police hotline for has been established for patients at 410-396-2269, but many former Dr. Levy patients are contacting lawyers to make sure their legal rights are protected.
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