According to ABC News on Feb. 28, a Baltimore gynecologist has been accused of using a hidden camera to record exams of his patients.
Nikita Levy, 54, was a prominent doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After it was found out what he was doing, he committed suicide by suffocating himself with helium in his home after reportedly writing an apology letter to his wife on Feb. 18.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Levy’s note said: “. . . Did not want to see you suffer with the truth.”
Timeline of what reportedly happened:
- A colleague reported the allegations to Hopkins officials on Feb. 4.
- Johns Hopkins security personnel questioned Levy on Feb. 5.
- Levy was let go from the hospital on Feb. 8.
- Levy committed suicide on Feb. 18.
- About 100 women have filed lawsuits.
- Police have an open case.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital Board of Trustees have opened their own separate inquiry.
Dr. Levy had hundreds of patients. It is unclear exactly how many were affected by this invasion of of privacy. A hotline has been set up for former and current patients since no one knows how long this activity had been going on.
Police say the images were captured with a camera hidden in the top of a pen that the doctor always wore around his neck on a lanyard. At this point, authorities do not know if any recording have been distributed.
Since the identity of the women can’t be made, Darren McKinney, communications director for the American Tort Reform Association in Washington, D.C. said:
“If someone cannot be identified, they can’t very well make the case they were embarrassed or humiliated.”
It will definitely be a challenge for any woman to say which image is hers.