Dr. Nikita Levy
Dr. Nikita Levy (Handout photo / February 25, 2010)

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore will pay $190 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a gynecologist who secretly photographed his patients, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs' attorney confirmed Monday.
The spokeswoman for attorney Jonathan Schochor confirmed that the hospital has agreed to the settlement for the suit over Dr. Nikita Levy. A news conference is expected at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
The lawsuit, certified in Baltimore City Circuit Court in October, has more than 9,000 plaintiffs and includes allegations that Levy used hidden surveillance cameras on his patients, including one hidden in a camera pen he carried.
"When learning of Dr. Levy's behavior, our clients were extremely distraught,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys said in a statement provided to the The Times on Monday. “They felt a great breach of faith and trust. They felt betrayed. Now, with this proposed settlement, we can begin the process of healing our community."
A Johns Hopkins spokeswoman, Kim Hoppe, told The Times that she could not confirm the settlement but that a representative is expected to speak at the news conference.
Levy was a ob-gyn for Johns Hopkins from 1988 to 2013, and the lawsuit alleges that the hospital should have known Levy was recording his patients and that it failed to properly supervise or investigate him.
Levy was fired from the hospital in February 2013 and committed suicide 10 days later, according to the Associated Press.