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It’s believed to be a record amount for such a lawsuit. USC has reached an agreement to pay $1 billion in settlements for claims against Dr. George Tyndall. Tyndall worked at USC for almost three decades.
Dr. George Tyndall listens during his arraignment at Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles. (AP/File photo)
Tyndall (74) is facing 35 criminal counts for alleged misconduct sexually between 2009-2016 at the university’s student medical center. He has pleaded guilty and is out on bond.
Hundreds of women were able to come forward and report their allegations to the police. But some cases fell within the 10-year statute, while others didn’t rise to the level required to bring criminal charges. Still, he faces up to 64 years in prison if convicted.
Carol L. Folt, USC President, stated that “I am deeply sorry about the pain experienced by these valuable members of the USC Community.” “We applaud the courage of all those who came forward and hope that this much-needed solution provides some relief for the women abused George Tyndall.”
Folt was appointed to the USC presidency in 2019, as part of a restructuring of USC’s leadership following scandals surrounding college admissions and gynecologist bribery.
The $852 million civil settlement is believed to be the largest sexual abuse settlement against any university, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, as well as the largest personal injury settlement against any college or university. According to the lawyers, no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements were filed.
Tyndall was deposed for the settlement and largely invoked his rights against self-incrimination in answers, the plaintiff’s lawyers said. He signed the settlement but did not contribute any money to it, and he also did not admit any wrongdoing.
People enter the University of Southern California’s Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles. (AP/File photo)
Leonard Levine, Tyndall’s attorney, stated that Dr. Tyndall “continues to deny that any misconduct has occurred.” He has pleaded not guilty and is confident that he will be completely exonerated when the charges are brought up in court during a jury trial.
Michigan State University settled claims of more than 300 victims who claimed that Larry Nassar had assaulted them in 2018. The settlement was worth $500 million. It was the largest settlement at the time and far exceeded the $100 million plus Penn State University paid to settle claims from at least 35 people alleging sexual abuse by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Separately, USC had previously agreed to pay $215 Million to settle a class action lawsuit. This applies to approximately 18,000 women who were Tyndall’s patients. Individual payouts for these victims range from $2,500 up to $250,000 and are made regardless of whether or not the women had formally accused Tyndall sexual harassment or assault. These final payments are expected to be announced this month.
Allegations against Tyndall first surfaced in 2018 in an investigation by the Los Angeles Times, which revealed that the doctor had been the subject of complaints of sexual misconduct at USC dating back to the 1990s.
He was only suspended when a nurse called a rape crisis facility. He was able silently to resign and received a large reward the next.
Records show that Tyndall gave up his medical licence in September 2019.