Nikita Levy, Gynecologist, Secretly Videotaped Patients: After He Apparently Commits Suicide, "Victims" Consider Further Lawsuits [Video]
Feb 24, 2013 06:05 PM EST
Dr. Nikita Levy, a Johns Hopkins gynecologist, was found dead last Monday, apparently by suicide. At the time of his death, two lawsuits were filed against him and his former employer David Haynes. On Saturday, over 60 women went to the Inner Harbor hotel in Baltimore to learn about legal options following the disclosure that Levy apparently secretly photographed and videotaped his patients, The Baltimore Sun reported. There are many expected lawsuits against the estate of Dr. Levy and Johns Hopkins, concerning his alleged invasions of his patients' privacy.
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Certain law firms are looking into a claim made by one former patient that she complained several years ago about "inappropriate conduct" by Dr. Levy. Johns Hopkins indicated it removed Levy from seeing patients in early February, soon after being alerted by an employee, according to reports. The firm's lawyers also said that police had begun contacting former patients once cameras were set up in an exam room Levy used, police said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that police already seized "multiple types of cameras from Levy's work location," but he would not comment whether they contacted specific witnesses or potential victims.
While it is not known what kinds of photos and videos Levy took, police say they seized an "extraordinary amount" of evidence from his home weeks before he killed himself. According to The Baltimore Sun, patients and friends say Levy was devoted to his wife, Sandra, a nurse at Johns Hopkins, and their three children. The Jamaican-born New Yorker had moved to Baltimore in 1988. Levy became a naturalized citizen 30 years ago, had lived in Queens and graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. He went on to complete his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn before joining the Johns Hopkins physician group in Baltimore.