Hospital Employee: 'I Only Looked At Celebrities' Files'
LATEST: The hospital employee who allegedly snooped into the medical records of 60 patients, including FARRAH FAWCETT and ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER's wife MARIA SHRIVER, insists she was "just being nosy".
UCLA Medical Center employee Lawanda J. Jackson, 49, who had worked at the Los Angeles hospital since she was 16, claims she never leaked the celebrities' personal information to the press, as has been suggested.
Jackson resigned from her job last July (07) after UCLA bosses learned she had been improperly accessing medical records, and now tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "Clearly I made a mistake, let's put it like that. I didn't leak anything or anything like that. It wasn't for money or anything. It was just looking."
Jackson was reportedly caught out last year (07) when actress Fawcett read a story containing detailed information about her cancer battle in U.S. tabloid the National Enquirer.
Doctors had only just told the TV icon the news, and Fawcett had yet to tell her family and friends, so she reported her suspicions to UCLA officials, who launched an internal investigation.
Earlier this year (08), UCLA Medical Center bosses fired 12 people and suspended six others after discovering as many as 20 staff members had attempted to defy medical centre rules and obtain confidential information about Spears.