University of California agrees to $73M sex abuse settlement

James Heaps UCLA Gynecologist-Sex Abuse-Settlement
Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 13:38:05-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse.

As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement -- even if they have not formally accused the former University of California, Los Angeles, gynecologist of abuse.

A federal judge must approve the proposed agreement filed Monday. The tentative settlement includes several mandated reforms at UCLA.

Heaps has pleaded not guilty in a separate criminal case and denies wrongdoing.

Heaps' attorney didn't immediately return an Associated Press request for comment.