Just weeks?after George Clooney was injured in a motorcycle accident and taken to Palisades Medical Center, it has been reported that dozens of employees, including doctors and nurses,?have been?suspended?for accessing Clooney’s confidential information.The 46-year-old actor suffered a broken rib and road rash while?a companion riding with him suffered a broken foot in the collision with another vehicle. Within minutes, the media seemed to know everything about Clooney’s condition, and sources say that hospital officials are now investigating whether or not their own employees may have leaked information about Clooney to the media.? As many as 40 employees are being investigated, with more than two dozen already suspended without pay?after being?accused of accessing Clooney’s medical records and giving that information to the press — which is a violation of federal law.
A union spokesperson who represents some of the workers?addressed the issue:?? “It was inappropriate but they are paying a steep price. But?I don’t even think George Clooney would want people to pay. Again, the apology to him for his privacy rights [is necessary], but?I think in fact the hospital is overreacting,” says Jean Oterson of the HPAA.