The University of Southern California has agreed to pay more than $1.1 billion to former patients of campus gynecologist George Tyndall. It’s the largest sex abuse payout in higher education history in the U.S.
FROM THE LA TIMES: The huge sum was revealed in Los Angeles County Superior Court as lawyers for a final group of 710 women suing the university told a judge they had settled their claims for $852 million. USC previously agreed to pay thousands of other alumnae and students $215 million in a 2018 federal class-action settlement. A group of about 50 other cases was settled for an amount that has not been made public.
The sole full-time gynecologist at the student health clinic from 1989 until 2016, Tyndall was accused of preying on a generation of USC women. After The Times exposed his troubled history at the university three years ago, the 74-year-old was stripped of his medical license and arrested. He has pleaded not guilty to dozens of sexual assault charges and is awaiting trial.
The settlement far exceeds the scale and cost of other sex abuse scandals, including those that roiled the Archdiocese of L.A., Michigan State University, and Penn State. For Tyndall’s former patients, it brings a set of mixed reactions., including those that roiled the Archdiocese of L.A., Michigan State University, and Penn State. For Tyndall’s former patients, it brings a set of mixed reactions.