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USC agrees to $1.1 billion settlement for hundreds of women alleging abuse by gynecologist

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A Department of Education investigation found that USC mishandled the allegations against Dr. George Tyndall, which may have allowed the abuse to continue.

Posted: Mar 25, 2021 4:47 PM

NBC News- The University of Southern California agreed to pay more than $1 billion in settlements to those who accused former student health center gynecologist George Tyndall of repeated sexual assaults on female patients.

The Los Angeles Superior Court approved a deal Thursday that would give 710 women who were allegedly abused by Tyndall an $852 million settlement. This is in addition to a $215 million settlement that was given final approval last year as part of a different federal class action lawsuit.

Tyndall was arrested and charged in 2019 with 18 counts of sexual penetration and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud in cases involving multiple young women. Prosecutors additionally charged him with five counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and one count of sexual battery by fraud last year.

Tyndall has entered pleas of not guilty to the charges and his trial is still pending.

The alleged assaults between 2009 and 2016, with hundreds of women coming forward with their own accusations against Tyndall, the Los Angeles Police Department has previously said. Some of the alleged assaults fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal charges to be filed.

Detectives found more than 1,000 videos described as "homemade sex tapes" and a number of sexually explicit photographs during a search warrant at Tyndall’s home, though not all were made through his employment at the university.

An investigation by the Department of Education’s civil rights office found that USC mishandled the allegations against Tyndall during his employment, which may have allowed the abuse to continue.

USC agreed to create a centralized record-keeping system to track misconduct complaints against employees, and what actions school officials take in response to the complaints, after the federal investigation’s findings.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. The hotline, run by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), can put you in contact with your local rape crisis center. You can also access RAINN’s online chat service at https://www.rainn.org/get-help.

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