Dozens of class actions and individual lawsuits have been filed against George Tyndall, a gynecologist who spent about 30 years working at the Student Health Center at USC.
School officials ignored numerous complaints of sex abuse dating back to the 1990s, until a nurse finally reported Tyndall to the campus rape crisis center.
Last year, after an internal investigation by USC concluded that he sexually harassed students during exams, Tyndall was allowed to retire from USC with a financial payout.
At least 500 women have accused him of forcing them to strip naked, taking photographs of their genitals, using his ungloved fingers to penetrate their genitals, making sexual and racist comments during exams, and more.
The settlement was filed on February 12 and it still needs a judge’s approval. It would provide between $2,500 and $250,000 to each woman who was abused by Tyndall between 1988 and 2016, according to USC Interim President Wanda Austin.
The proposed lawsuit settlement would also require USC to put procedures in place for identifying, preventing, and reporting sexual abuse and racial misconduct.
However, 3 lawyers representing nearly 300 victims are strongly advising their clients against joining the settlement so they can continue their individual lawsuits in state court instead.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 36 women who have accused Tyndall, called the proposed settlement “way too minimal.”
“In our opinion, for what some of the victims went through, this is a nuisance amount and may not properly compensate victims for what some of them have suffered.”
John Manly, a lawyer who represents 180 women, criticized the proposed settlement as an effort by USC to cap future monetary damages. “We still don’t know when did USC first know, how often were they warned, what administrators were involved, was there criminal conduct?”