A gycobiologist who was once a fixture in a New York City hospital may be in trouble after he was caught by police on a hot mic boasting about having sex with prostitutes, according to local media.
According to the New York Post, Dr. James J. Murray, who worked at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Brooklyn, was caught on tape bragging about having oral sex with a woman and being paid for it.
Murray, who has been under investigation for two months, denied the allegations.
The New York Times, which first reported the incident, quoted a hospital spokesperson saying that Murray was suspended pending an investigation.
“I have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services and the city of Brooklyn.
I would not want anyone to be harmed by this, and I know that I have not,” Murray said, according the Times.
The clinic closed in 2014 after the NYPD raided it.
In a statement to the Times, Murray said that his comments were made in a private setting.
“My comments were meant to be private and I would never do it in a public setting,” he said.
“If I had to defend myself in court, I would have to demonstrate that I did not intend to harm anyone.”
The Times said Murray was paid more than $50,000 by St. Michael’s Medical Centers, the city’s largest private provider of gynecological care, to work in the hospital.
The Times said the clinic is currently under investigation by both the city and the NYPD for possible sexual assault.
A hospital spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Times about the allegations, but the hospital told the paper that Murray is no longer employed.