WESTWOOD—A former Cedars-Sinai emergency room doctor was released on bail after being arrested for an alleged sexual assault on Thursday, January 23.
Dr. Anshul M. Gandhi, 34, was arrested Wednesday at around 8 a.m. on the 5200 block of Wilshire Boulevard and South La Brea Avenue. He was booked on suspicion of forced oral copulation. A day later he was released at around 4:00 a.m. after posting a $100,000 bail.
Gandhi’s arrest was prompted by an allegation made by a former co-worker. According to the victim, the doctor assaulted her inside her downtown Los Angeles apartment.
Cedars-Sinai indicated in a statement that Gandhi never worked as one of their employees and only served as a contract physician. He is no longer affiliated with the hospital, but Cedars-Sinai did not indicate when they officially severed ties.
According to Gandhi’s lawyer Michael Kraut, he voluntarily resigned earlier this month to avoid a hostile work environment. There have been several reports from Cedars-Sinai employees accusing Gandhi of sexual misconduct. Investigators are currently reaching out to former hospital employees for more information.
“I think the police acted very inappropriately and a rush to judgment. 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,” said Kraut in a statement.
The Medical Board of California issued a statement after Gandhi’s arrest saying that the board is “are 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.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the LAPD’s Central Station at (213) 996-1842