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The University of Southern California has agreed to pay more than $ 850 million to hundreds of women who have been treated by a former campus gynecologist accused of sexual abuse.
The “comprehensive settlement” of the lawsuits, announced Thursday, is the largest sexual abuse payout in the history of higher education.
The $ 852 million settlement ends civil cases in Los Angeles Superior Court between 710 women and USC.
In October 2018, the university agreed to a Settlement of $ 215 million federal class action lawsuit with over 18,000 women who had also been treated by the gynecologist, bringing the total cost to over $ 1 billion.
The women say George Tyndall – who worked at the school’s clinic for 30 years and was the only full-time gynecologist – made lewd comments, photographed and groped them during medical exams.
“I am deeply sorry for the pain felt by the women who trusted him as a doctor and I appreciate the courage of all who have stepped forward,” USC President Carol Folt said in a statement. communicated. declaration.
Folt was appointed in 2019, shortly after the scandal went public to help the university pass a wave of reforms.
“I hope this much needed resolution will bring some relief to the women abused by George Tyndall,” she added.
Allegations against Tyndall initially surfaced in 2016 when a nurse chaperone denounced him for making inappropriate comments to a patient student. This sparked an investigation by USC, but Tyndall did not leave the clinic until 2017. Despite an ongoing investigation that revealed allegations against him dating back to the early 2000s, the university paid him a payment. secret and he was allowed out with a clean medical board record.
In 2019, Tyndall was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with committing 29 criminal crimes while caring for student-patients at the university health center from 2009 to 2016.
Tyndall, now 74, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.