Justin Bieber's Testicle Injury Causes Firing, Legal Drama for NY Hospital Staffer
A former employee at Northwell Health in Long Island is claiming wrongful termination based on alleged incident involving the pop star's medical records.
A female staffer at a New York emergency room is being accused of illegally accessing Justin Bieber's medical file after Bieber was admitted to the hospital for an injury related to his testicles.
TMZ originally reported that Bieber visited Northwell Health in Long Island in May, fearing he had twisted a testicle playing soccer. Now, New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg tells Billboard that his client Kelly Lombardo, a former staffer at Northwell, was fired over accusations that she illegally accessed Bieber's medical file during the May 18, 2017 visit.
On the day in question, according to Rosenberg and an administrative action filed Tuesday (Aug. 29) with the New York Division of Human Rights, Lombardo heard a rumor that Bieber was in for a sexually transmitted infection. But she alleges she didn't believe the STI claim and maintains that she never had access to the pop star's files nor any contact with him at all.
Rosenberg says that when Lombardo denied the accusations to her employers, they implied that as a young female, she must have been curious to know why Bieber was in the ER. In response to the accusations -- which Rosenberg says lost Lombardo her job -- Lombardo is filing for administrative action with the New York State Division of Human Rights, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination.
"My client never accessed Mr. Bieber's medical file. She was falsely accused of doing it because of her gender," Rosenberg tells Billboard. "We look forward to vigorously prosecuting these claims at the New York Division of Human Rights."