June 17, 2024

Anesthesiologist Who Danced While Patient Got Lipo Cleared in Lawsuit

  • A Georgia anesthesiologist filmed dancing during a liposuction treatment was cleared of medical malpractice on Monday, per Law360.
  • The anesthesiologist participated in a viral 2018 video with cosmetic surgeon Windell Boutte.
  • Boutte has since faced medical malpractice lawsuits and has lost her medical license.

A Georgia anesthesiologist who was filmed dancing beside a doctor while a sedated patient received a liposuction treatment was cleared in a medical malpractice suit on Monday.

The anesthesiologist, Roland Pinkney, was sued by patient Latoya Rideau, who accused Pinkney and former cosmetic surgeon Windell Boutte of medical malpractice after they filmed themselves dancing to the song “Cut It,” by rapper O.T. Genasis, during the operation on February 21, 2017, according to Law360.

Rideau was receiving a liposuction on her butt, which in a separate lawsuit, she alleged that Boutte had botched.

A Georgia state court jury deliberated for two days and found that Pinkney was not liable and owed the patient no damages. The jury found that Boutte, who wasn’t named in the civil suit, was at fault.

Attorneys for Rideau and Pinkney did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

After the verdict was delivered, Pinkney’s attorney said that his client was embarrassed for taking part in the video, Law360 reported. Pinkney was seen dancing alongside Boutte in the video.

Pinkney and his attorney stood by the jury’s decision that he did not engage in medical malpractice.

Boutte posted the video on Instagram and YouTube at the time. But after the video went viral in 2018, Boutte flouted the “Dancing Doctor” nickname, and a mountain of legal troubles followed her, according to WSB-TV.

Rideau was among at least nine former patients who had sued Boutte in 2018, accusing her of medical malpractice and negligence during botched surgeries, according to The New York Times. That year, Boutte’s medical license was also suspended for 2½ years by the Georgia medical board, which included the “Cut It” video in its reasoning, the Times reported.

In 2019, the Georgia Attorney General’s office ordered Boutte to pay $200,000 for procedures she charged 38 clients for but never carried out, per WSB-TV.

Boutte did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

When confronted on the legal cloud hanging over her practice in 2018, Boutte defended her approach. Boutte has claimed that the videos she filmed with Rideau and other patients were consensual, per CNN,which Rideau denied. 

“I’ve done nothing wrong,” Boutte told HLN, per the Times. “I’m a surgeon, I’m supposed to be able to multitask.”

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