More sue USC over handling of sex harassment allegations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 50 former and current students of the University of Southern California said Monday in a new lawsuit that the school mishandled complaints that a longtime gynecologist engaged in inappropriate behavior during pelvic exams.
The number of people suing USC and Dr. George Tyndall now tops a hundred, following the new court filing by the firm D. Miller and Associates.
California's state Department of Education said last month it was investigating USC's response to allegations that Tyndall groped female students during campus office visits and improperly photographed and made comments about the women's bodies.
Complaints made as early as 1990 were not fully investigated until 2016, the agency said. Tyndall, 71, retired in 2017.
USC officials did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the latest lawsuit.
Tyndall could not be reached today but he has denied wrongdoing.
He has not been charged with a crime but police are investigating allegations from dozens of women and more than 400 students made complaints through a university hotline. USC has said it is cooperating with the investigations.
"A blind eye was turned toward these women's pleas for help," attorney Andy Rubenstein said in a statement Monday. "USC's inexcusable inaction gave Dr. Tyndall the opportunity to abuse countless more patients over many years."
Tyndall, 71, was suspended with pay in 2016 and retired the next year with a financial payout from USC.