A hospital visit made by Justin Bieber in May has led to the firing of one of its employees and a subsequent lawsuit.
The 23-year-old Sorry hitmaker made an emergency visit to Northwell Health in Long Island New York after suffering a swollen testicle – fearing he’d twisted it during a soccer match.
It wasn’t long before rumors began to spread among staff that Justin had an STD, reports TMZ.
An employee named Kelly Lombardo allegedly look at the pop star’s medical file after hearing the gossip.
She was subsequently fired by the hospital after being called ‘an immoral employee’ who violated Justin’s right to privacy.
Lombardo is now suing for wrongful termination, insisting she never snooped through Justin’s records.
‘My client was a moral employee who had respect for patient privacy and never accessed Justin Bieber’s file,’ employment attorney David H. Rosenberg toldNY Daily News.
‘My client swears she did not access the file. From what I can tell, she’s telling the truth.’ he added.
Lombardo, who worked in the emergency room since 2007, was apparently told by several colleagues that Justin was admitted to the hospital under an alias for a sexually transmitted disease.
Rosenberg says she took no action but was dragged into a meeting with hospital bosses who accused her of accessing the singer’s online records.
He explained: ‘She was told generally, “You are a young female. You’re not curious about what he was doing in the ER?” And they fired her,’
‘She didn’t admit him. Never saw him there. She was literally dragged into this.’
Lombardo is filing a claim with the New York Division of Human Rights as she alleges she was fired because she’s a woman.
‘They targeted her because of her gender,’ Rosenberg told Daily News.
‘It’s wrong. She’s emotionally distressed. We’re looking forward to vigorously prosecuting these claims.’
As for Justin, a doctor examined him and discovered it was just a swollen testicle and not a testicular torsion, which occurs when a spermatic cord gets twisted and usually needs surgery.
Justin had feared a twisted testicle after doing his own internet research, according to TMZ.
The news comes just a day after naked photos of Justin appeared on his ex girlfriend Selena Gomez’s Instagram account, after it was hacked.
The 25-year-old singer’s page was seized on Monday and several full-frontal naked photos of Justin Bieber were posted shortly after.
The pop star’s account was swiftly shut down and her team have now regained control of it.
The songstress is the most-followed person on the photo sharing site with 125 million followers.