Six lawsuits have been filed against the University of Southern California from women who claimed they were sexually abused by a gynecologist employed by the school.
Dr. George Tyndall, who worked at USC’s student health clinic for close to 30 years, is accused of multiple counts of inappropriate behavior, from touching patients in non-professional ways to getting information about their sex life.
Conceivably compounding things for the university is the school’s acknowledgment that it got complaints about Tyndall since the early 2000s and that those were bad enough that he ought to have been removed from the clinic years earlier. In June 2016, Tyndall was suspended when a supervising nurse reported him to the campus rape crisis center.
USC secretly worked out an arrangement that prompted the doctor’s resignation, which came with an undisclosed payout. He was not reported to the medical board at the time. Last week, USC admitted that was a mistake.
Those allegations and the history of complaints against Tyndall could put USC at risk for a sizable payout to the women suing the university, legal experts say. It’s not all like the case of Dr. Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of women, including members of the U.S. Gymnastics team and is currently serving a sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison.
Michigan State University as of late announced a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who say they were assaulted by Nassar.