Dr. Nikita Levy, a John Hopkins gynecologist committed suicide while being under investigation for secretly filming patients with a pen during their exams.
Now, more than a thousand victims are looking for answers, and John Hopkins has been served with a lawsuit.
The Baltimore Sun reports that a female colleague of Levy’s at John Hopkins questioned Levy about recording his patients after becoming suspicious about a pen he wore around his neck.
The colleague took the matter up with officials on Feb.4, which led to Levy being investigated. He later admitted to having several recording devices, including a pen camera, which he secretly used to tape his patients.
Security staff was given the devices on Feb. 5 and he was escorted from the premises, according to a letter written by Hopkins Dean of Medicine Dr. Paul B Rothman. Levy was also barred from contacting patients.
"We are terribly sorry this has happened and for how the patients of Dr. Levy must be feeling," Rothman also wrote. "The last few days have been difficult and trying ones for all of us."
Police reported that Levy, 54, killed himself at his home on Feb. 18.
A spokesperson for Hopkins has not commented on the case.
Lawyer Andrew Slutkin stated that “about a third” of people who contacted his office concerning the case reported that Levy did not have a staff member present during some of his exams. It is a mandatory practice during gynecology examinations that another person, such as a nurse, is in the room.
"Some patients even stopped seeing him because of that. That's the kind of thing we think allowed this practice to go on for so long,” Levy went on to say.
CBS Baltimore reports that police are now calling patients to notify them of the incident, and investigating what Levy did with the footage.
“Looking to see if Dr. Levy perhaps sold this material online and if he partnered with anyone else during the commission of this crime,” said Anthony Guglielmi of the Baltimore City Police.
“I can’t even begin to imagine the unimaginable breach of trust that this incident has created for families and patients,” Guglielmi went on to say.
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