9 more women file lawsuits against UCLA gynecologist

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine more women have alleged in two lawsuits they were sexually assaulted by a former gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles.

The lawsuits say the women were assaulted by Dr. James Heaps during examinations between 1989 and 2017. The women allege the inappropriate touching was not for any legitimate medical purpose and solely for Heaps’ sexual gratification.

Heaps has been criminally charged with the sexual battery of two patients but denies any wrongdoing. He has pleaded not guilty.

The state medical board’s website shows no records of discipline against Heaps and he has a current license to practice medicine.

Three other women have filed lawsuits against Heaps since he was arrested last month.

He is due in court on July 30.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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