Southern California varsity agrees to $215m settlement in sexual abuse case


The University of Southern California has reached a 215 million dollars proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school.

George Tyndall was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Media .

The settlement centers on the conduct of Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients.

More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.

On Thursday, attorneys representing current and former University of Southern California students filed 93 additional lawsuits against USC in Los Angeles Superior Court.

They alleged gross sexual misconduct and sexual assault on campus by Tyndall.

Women who received health services from Tyndall will be eligible to receive 2,500 dollars , according to the university.

Those who provide details on their experiences under his care could receive up to 250,000 dollars more, according to the letter from school President Wanda Austin to the university community.

The total potential amount of the settlement is not yet known.

“I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee,” Austin wrote.

In August, then USC President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down after an outcry from faculty and students, who said the downtown Los Angeles school was slow to act over complaints against Tyndall.

The gynecologist resigned from the university last year and has since lost his license to practice medicine in California.

Tyndall’s attorney, N. Denise Taylor, said her client denies all allegations but agreed to the settlement to avoid the expense of continued litigation.

The settlement was reached in a federal class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of hundreds of current and former students at USC, according to a statement from law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP representing women in the lawsuit.

Tyndall subjected patients to inappropriate touching, unnecessary penetration with his hands, lewd comments and other inappropriate conduct, the law firm said.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing 44 women who have accused the university and Tyndall of misconduct in two lawsuits, said the settlement in the federal case was too small.

“We are continuing to vigorously litigate our state cases for numerous victims .

”We will insist that each of our clients be properly compensated for what they were forced to endure,” she said in an email on Friday.

Allred said she plans to file a third lawsuit to include even more women that the doctor treated during his 30 years at the school. (Reuters/NAN)

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