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Woman sues over alleged sex assault by UCLA gynecologist

FILE - In this April 26, 2019, file photo, a runner passes the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. A woman says she was sexually assaulted by a gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles and is upset the school apparently knew about it from her social media post but never contacted her as it investigated other incidents that led to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

LOS ANGELES — A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles, has sued the university’s regents, the doctor and 20 other parties.

The woman’s lawsuit says Dr. James Heaps inappropriately touched her genitals, breast and buttock during a 2017 appointment to remove her intrauterine device. She also claims he made inappropriate sexual comments.

The complaint was filed Tuesday.

Heaps is criminally charged with two counts of sexual battery by fraud. The woman’s attorneys say she is one of two unidentified women cited as victims in that case.

Heaps has denied any wrongdoing.

UCLA Health and the University of California regents’ office did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment Wednesday.

The Associated Press