University of California reaches R3.7 billion settlement accusing UCLA doctor of sexual abuse

The UCLA campus. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The UC system is to pay $243.6 million (R3.7 billion) to settle sexual-abuse claims against a UCLA gynecologist.Two hundred and three women were involved in the settlement after accusing Dr. James Heaps of abuse.More women are still trying to sue Heaps. He was also the subject of a class-action lawsuit.For more stories visit www.BusinessInsider.co.zThe University of California system is paying $243.6 million (R3.7 billion) to more than 200 women who alleged sexual abuse by a gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.Two hundred and three women say that Dr. James Heaps, who had worked at UCLA since 1983, sexually abused them. The settlement amounts to $1.2 million (R18 million) for each woman.The settlement figures were reported by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. UCLA apologised for Heaps’ behavior on Monday. He no longer works there.Around 300 more women are still looking to sue Heaps, the LA Times reported.A class-action lawsuit that alleged Heaps abused around 6,000 women also resulted in a $73 million (R1.1 billion) settlement last year.Heaps has denied accusations against him. Get the best of our site emailed to you every weekday.Go to the Business Insider front page for more stories.

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