About 300 women contacted a hotline set up by USC after news of the scandal broke, but the university declined to say how many of them were referred to sex crimes detectives in the Robbery-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Capt. Billy Hayes, who oversees the division, said detectives will investigate the reports in a way similar to how it handled multiple allegations against Hollywood figures such as Harvey Weinstein.
He said the LAPD has had discussions with USC and at least one lawyer for several of the alleged victims. Capt. Hayes also asked patients to contact the LAPD directly.
Multiple lawsuits and class actions have been filed against USC and Tyndall, alleging that he penetrated patients with his ungloved fingers while making sexual comments, forced patients to strip naked to be inspected for “moles,” took inappropriate photographs, made sexual and racist remarks during exams, and other forms of sexual abuse.
No cases involving Tyndall have been presented to prosecutors yet, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Two lawsuits allege that Tyndall as a “serial sexual predator.” They blame USC for deliberately concealing his sexual abuse for years, despite numerous complaints dating back to at least the year 2000, resulting in Tyndall maintaining unfettered sexual access to women.