Dr. Gilbert Lederman, accused of forcing Beatle George Harrison to sign autographs as he lay dying, is leaving his post as head of the radiation oncology department at Staten Island University Hospital.
Hospital spokesman Arleen Ryback said the move had been planned for two years and is not directly related to the controversy involving the late Beatle.
Harrison’s family filed a $10-million lawsuit this week claiming Lederman violated confidentiality and misused his relationship to get souvenirs. Harrison died of cancer on Nov. 29, 2001.
Lederman will retain his privileges to practice medicine at the hospital.