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Sexual harassment lawsuit against ‘TikTok doc’ settled for $585K

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Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) announced Tuesday that it had reached a $585,000 settlement in a lawsuit involving a former resident who rose to fame as the “TikTok Doc” and was accused of sexual assault and harassment. 

The lawsuit, which was filed in February, initially included a complaint from an individual identified as an employee at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

The plaintiff accused Dr. Jason Campbell of repeated harassment and on one occasion of attempting to force himself and his erection onto the plaintiff while at work. 

Additional court documents filed in the case last month included accusations from additional women that showed an alleged pattern of sexual assault and harassment. 

The multi-million dollar lawsuit had claimed that OHSU managers were made aware of the alleged harassment and assault but did not take appropriate action against Campbell, who gained fame on social media in 2020 for posting dancing clips that went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok. 

OHSU announced the settlement Tuesday in a joint statement with the plaintiff’s attorneys. 

The university wrote that it wished to offer its “sincere apologies to the plaintiff and others who have been harmed.” 

“OHSU recognizes the need to address systemic structures that allow inappropriate and damaging behavior to exist, and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is free of harassment and discrimination,” the statement added. 

The statement said that the plaintiff “would like to thank those who supported her during this process.” 

OHSU also said Tuesday that it is “undergoing a separate independent investigation to deeply examine these matters, and has engaged a firm with extensive experience in addressing racial and gender discrimination and harassment.” 

“OHSU welcomes the plaintiff’s participation in the independent investigation, while acknowledging that doing so may be re-traumatizing,” the statement continued. “OHSU thanks all of those who have spoken out and spoken up in support of positive change.” 

The updated March affidavit claimed that the plaintiff had reported the details of the alleged assault and harassment to at least 13 different OHSU officials, including six who were in leadership roles and at least one who was considered a mandatory reporter of such accusations. 

Michael Fuller, one of the attorneys for the plaintiff, said that the declarations and sworn statements from additional women were “consistent to what we’ve known before we’ve filed the case,” which was that “this doctor has had various allegations leveled against him very close to what our client has alleged,” according to local NBC affiliate KGW

Two of the women said Campbell assaulted them at different times, with details similar to the plaintiff’s account in that the resident allegedly pushed his erection onto the women’s backsides without their consent. 

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