University Of California Reaches Settlement In Sexual Misconduct Case Against Former UCLA Gynecologist
"This historic settlement allows these brave women to achieve their litigation goals of accountability and compensation, paving the path for their continued healing," one attorney said.
February 10, 2022 at 5:07 pm
The University of California (UC) system has settled a sexual assault lawsuit involving a former UCLA gynecologist. Dr. James Heaps is formally accused of violating women at UCLA medical facilities between 1983 and 2018. The university has also been slammed for allegedly not taking the matter seriously.
"The conduct alleged to have been committed by Heaps is reprehensible and contrary to the University's values," a UCLA statement reads. "Our first and highest obligation will always be to the communities we serve, and we hope this settlement is one step toward providing healing and closure for the plaintiffs involved."
"This historic settlement allows these brave women to achieve their litigation goals of accountability and compensation, paving the path for their continued healing," added John C. Manly, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys. "Instead of unnecessarily inflicting further damage upon these survivors, the UC Regents made the decision to resolve these claims for reasonable value, and I would like to recognize those efforts. This should serve as a model for other universities who are facing the same sort of claims."