UCLA didn’t report sexual assault post on Yelp

A UCLA Health spokeswoman says medical system officials were aware of a 2015 Yelp posting alleging a sexual assault by a gynecologist but didn’t reach out to the victim or inform police.

A Los Angeles-area woman tells The Associated Press she posted about her alleged 2008 assault on Yelp after seeing positive reviews there about Dr. James Heaps, who has since been criminally charged in connection with two other sexual abuses. Heaps denies any wrongdoing.

Spokeswoman Rhonda Curry says UCLA Health referred other complaints to the state medical board, as well as federal authorities and the Los Angeles Police Department, but not the Yelp posting or a 2014 complaint.

She says an independent review will investigate why the hospital system failed to act.

 

Dawn Kamber