UCLA Worker Snooped in Farrah's Files

News of star's recurring cancer was leaked to tabloid
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 3:00 AM CDT
Farrah Fawcett arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards in this file photo. UCLA Medical Center officials investigated an employee for accessing Fawcett's medical records and took disciplinary action    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A UCLA staffer sneaked peeks into actress Farrah Fawcett's confidential health records and apparently leaked information on her treatment for cancer to the media, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sensational headlines about Fawcett's illness subsequently turned up on the website of the National Enquirer before the star had a chance to tell her son that her cancer had returned.

The worker has reportedly been fired and people close to Fawcett say she has been badly shaken by the invasion of privacy. One of her doctors described the breach as "despicable." Fawcett is now receiving treatment elsewhere. California's public health department is launching a probe, as it did when UCLA fired 13 staffers for going through Britney Spears' files. (Read more Farrah Fawcett stories.)