COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A Coeur d'Alene hospital has denied allegations that it fired a nurse for complaining about a neurologist's allegedly erratic behavior.

Tamara N. Pilgrim filed a lawsuit in 1st District Court in May alleging Dr. Robert Gilbert used illegal drugs while on duty. She said he threatened her when she reported his behavior.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the hospital's response says Pilgrim was fired in November for giving Gilbert narcotic medication he prescribed for her without any record of seeing her as a patient.

The hospital acknowledges it placed Gilbert on leave while it investigated a report by Pilgrim that Gilbert told her he thought of her while cleaning his gun.

Gilbert's attorney could not be reached for comment. Gilbert no longer works at the hospital.

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