A UCLA medical assistant has spoken to describe how James Heaps, a disgraceful gynecologist who was suspended pending a trial of charging sexual batteries, used an ultrasonic probe to simulate sex on her when she went for an exam.
The woman, who only called herself Gaby at a press conference on Tuesday in California, is one of 30 who is represented by a team of lawyers who say Heaps has abused them.
Sadly enough, some of them were cancer patients who say they went to Heaps – a gynecological oncologist – with cancer or in remission.
Gaby said she went to him for a routine visit because she was referred to him by work. It is unclear what she was seeking treatment for.
She says he simulated sex with her during a transvaginal ultrasound that made her feel like she had been raped.
She is suing Heaps, her supervisor and the school's regents.
The woman, who only called herself Gaby, spoke on Tuesday at a press conference in California. She claims that James Heaps sexually abused her between mid-2016 and November 2017 during medical examinations
She cried on Tuesday when she remembered how she was being treated after reporting what had happened.
& # 39; I was harassed, threatened, told to be quiet and just go back to work. I was told I would lose my job, & she said.
In her court case she described visiting Heaps for the first time in mid-2016.
She was told that he was the & # 39; best of the best & # 39; so he went to him for an exam. It was done by his assistant and was & # 39; boring & # 39 ;, she said.
However, the assistant told her that Heaps wanted to meet her. She claims that he came into the room when she dressed and in particular had her bra on.
He pulled up a stool and started talking to her, she said, removing the bandana he had worn from his head and rubbing his thigh.
She said he then put the bandana on her knee and started rubbing her leg. She claims that he then remarked that she & # 39; beautiful thick thighs & # 39; had like his assistant.
He has sexually abused, battered and abused (her) sexually using the transducer device as if he were simulating sexual intercourse to sexually stimulate her and satisfy himself
Despite the incident, Gaby went back in January. It was during that visit, she claims, that he was performing a transvaginal ultrasound on her and diagnosed her with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Such an ultrasound is performed by placing a probe in the patient's vagina.
Gaby, who is a trained medical assistant, said he was & # 39; sexually abused, battered, and abused (her) and sexually used the transducer device as if he were simulating sexual intercourse to sexually stimulate her and satisfy himself. & # 39;
She says he has also performed a breast examination that she now thinks was for his own pleasure.
Gaby said she had left the appointment and felt shocked and violated, and wanted to make sure that others were notified of Dr.'s misconduct. Heaps so he could be stopped.
She told & # 39; immediately her supervisor, Hilda Oliva, saying that & # 39; someone & # 39; needed to know what had happened. She said she asked Oliva who his boss was, but she responded went so far that she grinned and laughed at (her), telling her that she sometimes says & # 39; too much & & # 39 ;, that she & # 39; took things wrong & # 39; and that she should be & # 39; quiet and go back to work & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Later that year she needed a follow-up and because of her diagnosis she went back to Heaps. She says in her lawsuit that she feared for her job and because nobody from UCLA had contacted her about what she had told them, she went back.
During a visit in September, she said he mocked her & # 39; and she said she should shave her genital area & # 39 ;.
She says he then touched her buttocks, even though she hadn't complained there, and then asked his companion to leave so that he could examine her breasts.
The chaperone initially resisted and left the room. Gaby claims that he then improperly touched her breasts and nipples.
In November, during the fourth and final visit, she said he touched her in a way & # 39; designed to stimulate her & # 39 ;.
Gaby is a medical assistant at UCLA Health (shown is the Ronald Reagan Medical Center). She claims that the gynecologist has abused her four different visits and that she has reported it, but has been ignored and silenced
When she resisted, she said he claimed: “I'm sorry, did I hurt you? No, I did not. Who is the doctor here? & # 39;
Gaby & # 39; s allegations are not the first against the doctor, but she says that UCLA & # 39; turn a blind eye & # 39; to her and to others who have been reporting him for years.
The school has conducted its own investigation into Heaps that is still ongoing. He had suspended his driver's license in June after being charged with a sexual battery in an individual case.
On Tuesday, Gaby's lawyers – who, in addition to the two Heaps, are also accusing 29 women of mistreatment in criminal proceedings – were astonished to hear that the DA only took cases in which the alleged victim never returned to him and if they told a third when happened.
Prosecutors refused to apply those standards as a criterion.
The lawyers detested him for allegedly selecting women who had asked him for help after being diagnosed with cancer and saying that many had no choice but to return to him because their insurance was limited.
& # 39;Dr. Heaps was a gynecological oncologist. He treated people who had active cancer and were in remission, had to go for treatment. This can be the most vulnerable category.
& # 39; They do not have all possible financial options – they have insurance company restrictions. Their options are often very, very limited, & said Jennifer McGrath, one of the lawyers.
A UCLA spokesperson told DailyMail.com that it started its own investigation into Heaps in March.
They would not comment on Gaby & # 39; s lawsuit.
Heaps has refused the sexual battery and is bound. He is waiting for his next trial.
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