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Women Filmed By Gynaecologist Get $190m
Thousands of women who were secretly filmed by a doctor during gynaecological exams are to share a payout of $190m (£111m).
Nikita Levy, who worked at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for 25 years, was accused of secretly filming and taking photos of more than 9,000 women, often using a camera hidden in a pen.
He killed himself last year as authorities decided whether to file criminal charges over what happened at one of the world's top medical centres.
A federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images being discovered on computers in his home.
The lawyer representing the patients said the women were distraught when they found out they had been filmed.
"All of these women were brutalised by this," Jonathan Schochor said.
"Some of these women needed counselling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates.
"This breach of trust, this betrayal - this is how they felt."
The settlement is among the largest on record in the US involving sexual misconduct by a physician.
Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the settlement came after nearly a year of negotiations.
"It is our hope that this settlement helps those affected achieve a measure of closure," Ms Hoppe said.