U.S.C. Agrees to Pay $1.1 Billion to Patients of Gynecologist Accused of Abuse


Ms. Folt also said the university would fund the settlement over two years through a combination of “litigation reserves, insurance proceeds, deferred capital spending, sale of nonessential assets, and careful management of nonessential expenses.” She added that no philanthropic gifts, endowment funds or tuition would be redirected to pay the costs.

“Our team is humbled by the courage of George Tyndall’s survivors, who endured this process, and hope this settlement brings them healing,” John C. Manly said, speaking on behalf of the plaintiffs’ lawyers. U.S.C.’s general counsel, Beong-Soo Kim, said that resolving the litigation “has been a top priority” for the university.

Revelations that Dr. Tyndall had abused students for years were first made public in 2018 in an exhaustive report published by the Los Angeles Times, for which the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

While the allegations of misconduct were first brought to the university’s attention in the 1990s, U.S.C. did not immediately report him to the state medical board, and he was not suspended from his job until 2016. A year later, after an investigation that led to senior leaders of the university first being briefed on allegations, Dr. Tyndall was arrested in 2019 outside his apartment in Los Angeles and prosecutors charged him with 29 counts of sexual assault involving 16 women. Through his lawyers, he has continued to deny wrongdoing. He has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of criminal sexual misconduct and is free on bond.

After the university set up a hotline and website to receive complaints, more allegations from students of misconduct poured in. After the scandal became public in 2018, the university sent emails to more than 350,000 people associated with the university, including students and alumni, with directions on how to report complaints.

The scandal, which forced the university’s president at the time, C.L. Max Nikias, to resign under pressure, erupted a year after U.S.C. was embroiled in another scandal, when the popular dean of the medical school was fired after being accused of using drugs and partying with prostitutes.

Even after Mr. Nikias was forced out, scandals, big and small, continued to engulf the university, once regarded as a party school for Los Angeles’s elite before it was transformed into a top-tier university with an endowment to rival Harvard’s and a faculty that included several Nobel laureates.

Source NYTimes

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