USC to Pay Over $1 Billion to Women Alleging Sex Abuse by Former Gynecologist

The University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to pay over $1 billion in settlements to female patients who alleged former campus gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court approved on March 25 a settlement of $852 million to 710 women who alleged Tyndall of sexual assault, adding to a $215 million settlement from a previous class-action case.

The settlement becomes the largest sex abuse settlement against an American college or university in history.

According to the police, hundreds of women from 2009 to 2016 reported Tyndall of sexual misconduct, including making lewd comments and photographing and groping them during medical examinations.

During a search at Tyndall’s residence, police found over 1,000 “homemade sex tapes” and a number of sexually explicit photographs, with some not made through his employment at USC.

Police arrested Tyndall in June 2019 and charged him with 18 counts of sexual penetration and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud.

Tyndall has also been charged with five counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and once count of sexual battery by fraud last year.

According to an investigation by the civil rights office of the Education Department, USC also mishandled the allegations when Tyndall worked as the only full-time gynecologist at the university clinic for 30 years, which may have allowed the assaults to continue.

Tyndall left the university in 2017 after an internal investigation found he had made inappropriate remarks to patients.

Lead attorney John Manly said after the announcement of the settlement, “There are many in the administration and the board of trustees who don’t belong at that university.”

“Not all, but some. They put the prestige, fundraising, and the university brand ahead of the well-being of students for 30 years,” Manly further said.

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