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How Bieber's Testicles Led to Fired Hospital Worker

Employee suing for wrongful termination says she never met him, didn't access his records
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2017 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Justin Bieber's emergency room visit to treat a twisted testicle is the subject of a lawsuit, though it's not (exactly) over the pop star's privates. People reports hospital ER staffer Kelly Lombardo is suing Northwell Health on Long Island for wrongful termination after she was sacked in June for allegedly consulting Bieber's medical files. Lombardo's lawyer, David Rosenberg, says she was accused of looking for proof after hospital reps told her Bieber was treated for an STD (which Lombardo didn't believe). A month later, hospital honchos summoned Lombardo, accused her of peeking at private records, and eventually fired her.

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Lombardo didn't treat the Despacito singer and go looking for Bieber's chart because she's a "young female," a speculative reason allegedly floated during the meeting, Rosenberg says, adding that Lombardo never accessed the records. "She was falsely accused of doing so on account of her gender," he says, promising to "vigorously" pursue the matter with New York state's Division of Human Rights. Bieber went to the hospital after a soccer injury and was diagnosed with a swollen testicle, TMZ reports, quoting sources who say Bieber "WebMD'd himself" into a frenzy thinking he had a more serious condition called testicular torsion. (After a man's right testicle hurt, doctors removed the left one.)

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