Comedian Trevor Noah has filed a lawsuit against a New York City hospital and doctor after they allegedly botched surgery in 2020, according to PEOPLE and Health.
According to the legal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, in November, the 37-year-old sued Dr. Riley Williams III and the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan.
The suit says Noah was a patient of the hospital between August 25, 2020, and December 17, 2020. He underwent surgery with the hospital and doctor on November 23, 2020.
Noah said that the defendants “were negligent and careless in failing to treat and care for [him] in a careful and skillful manner.” In the court papers, he also accused the defendants of “failing to use approved methods in general use in the care and treatment.”
The TV host also said that the defendants failed “to prescribe proper medications,” failed to “discontinue certain prescription medications,” and failed to “use proper tests and examinations in order to diagnose the conditions” that he was suffering from.
However, the hospital has denied the claims.
The court papers allege that Noah suffered “serious personal injury” after his surgery, later describing his injuries as “permanent, severe, and grievous.” The lawsuit adds that the injuries allegedly left Noah “rendered sick, sore, lame, and disabled.”
The political commentator reportedly “sustained severe and painful personal injuries; sustained severe nervous shock, mental anguish, severe emotional distress, and great physical pain.”
He was “confined to bed and home for a long period of time; was compelled to undergo hospital and medical aid, treatment and attention; has suffered loss of enjoyment of life; was prevented from engaging in his usual occupation for a long period of time; and since some of his injuries are of a permanent nature, he will continue to suffer similar damages in the future.”
A rep for the Hospital for Special Surgery told PEOPLE they have received Noah’s claims, calling them “meritless.”
The rep said in a statement, “HSS received a complaint filed on behalf of Mr. Trevor Noah. We have shared with Mr. Noah’s attorney a detailed rebuttal to the claims, which are meritless. Due to HIPAA, we are restricted by law from addressing publicly specific aspects of the treatment of any patient.”