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Spy camera focus of lawsuit at medical facility and spa

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – A lawsuit filed by a former employee alleges that there was a camera in a Mount Pleasant doctor's office exam room where patients completely disrobed and employees performed procedures.

Belina Cannon, a former employee of the Blalock Family and Urgent Care, filed the suit against the business in August. The suit alleges an invasion of privacy and negligence and seeks unspecified damages.

According to court filings, Cannon found in July the hidden camera and listening device installed above a door and pointed toward an area where patients would undress in a room where she often performed her duties which included laser hair removal.

Cannon said she would also change clothes in the room. The suit states that there is not an adjoining bathroom and there was an "absolute expectation of privacy" inside the room.

A patient of the facility joined the suit, saying she had on several occasions been fully nude in the room where the camera was found.

Two days after the camera was found, Cannon reported the incident to Mount Pleasant police.

Dr. Cynthia Blalock filed a response with the court, denying any wrongdoing. According to a police report, Blalock said the camera was installed because of an issue with employees stealing from the company.

She told officers she had caught employees using Facebook and being rude to customers, adding she was the only person to review the footage, the report states.

According to the filings, Blalock told police she had watched recorded video of the exam room for five hours before meeting with police and had amassed evidence that Cannon had been stealing from the medical facility.

"When asked whether she saw nude persons during her five hours of viewing, she changed her story immediately, and denied that she reviewed the video," the filing reads.

Several days after talking to police, Cannon's attorneys sent a letter to Blalock telling her to preserve any data that may have been recorded on the camera and any software or hard drives where that information was kept.

Police noted in an incident report that the bathroom was at the opposite end of the hallway even though massage gowns were hanging in the room.

"It does not make sense that the clients would be expected to change in the bathroom and walk through the hallway in a massage garment where other patients could see them," the responding officer wrote in the report.

Mount Pleasant police contacted the solicitor's office, according to a police report attached to the filings, to determine if any laws applied to the complaint.

Police also called the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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