ER doctor at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting a co-worker and at least three other women
- Anshul M. Gandhi pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles court to sex assault charges
- Gandhi, 34, accused of assaulting four women on four separate occasions
- He was charged in January with forced oral copulation against female co-worker
- Los Angeles County prosecutors announced additional charges on Monday
- His attorney denied the allegations and said the women were after his money
- Gandhi worked as physician in emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Hospital said Gandhi was a contracted physician and not a full-time employee
Anshul M. Gandhi, 34, an emergency room physician who once worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, has been charged with sexually assaulting four women
A Los Angeles doctor who worked in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been charged with sexually assaulting four women five months after he was arrested for suspected rape against a co-worker.
Anshul M. Gandhi, 34, an emergency room physician, pleaded not guilty on Monday during a court hearing in Los Angeles.
He was ordered to return to court in September for a preliminary hearing, according to KNBC-TV.
Gandhi’s attorney, Michael Kraut, said the authorities had no basis to arrest his client.
‘These other individuals, knowing he was fairly wealthy, came out of the woodwork to accuse him,’ Kraut said.
‘They’re now saying they were victims with no corroboration: there’s no forensics, no audio, no video, no texts, nothing to confirm their statements.’
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said on Monday that it charged Gandhi with a felony count of sexual battery for an alleged attack that took place in December 2019.
He has also been charged with felony sexual battery for three alleged attacks that took place against three other women in October of 2016, December of 2016, and July of 2018.
In late January of this year, Gandhi was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department and booked into jail on suspicion of forced oral copulation.
He was released from jail the next day after posing $100,000 bail.
In January, Gandhi was arrested after a female co-worker alleged he assaulted her in her apartment in downtown Los Angeles. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is seen in this file photo
Gandhi was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female co-worker inside her apartment near downtown Los Angeles.
‘I think the police acted very inappropriately and [there was] a rush to judgment,’ Kraut said.
‘He gave a voluntary statement, gave voluntary DNA to the police department, and gave them clues where they should look to show that the victim is absolutely making this story up.’
Cedars-Sinai officials told Patch that Gandhi was no longer affiliated with the hospital. They said he had previously worked there on a contractual basis.
Kraut said Gandhi resigned voluntarily in early January from Cedars-Sinai so as to avoid a ‘hostile environment.’
The Medical Board of California issued a statement at the time saying it ‘is aware of the allegations against Dr. Gandhi and is looking into them.
‘No further comment or information can be provided as the board’s investigations and complaints are confidential by law.’
Hospital employees told KNBC-TV that they had reported several incidents to hospital management and encouraged women who told friends they were assaulted to file a complaint with police.
‘We believe that the evidence will show that no crime was committed and all the interactions were consensual,’ Kraut said.