Accessibility links

Breaking News

$215M Settlement Offered in Alleged Abuse by Campus Gynecologist 

FILE - People enter the University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles, May 22, 2018.

The University of Southern California said Friday that it had reached a tentative agreement to pay $215 million in compensation to victims who alleged they were sexually harassed or abused by a campus gynecologist.

The university said students who alleged abuse would receive compensation ranging from $2,500 to $250,000. A federal judge must still review the deal.

More than 450 current and former students made accusations against Dr. George Tyndall, saying the abuse took place between 1988 and 2016.

The students accused the gynecologist of range of abuses, including making lewd comments, taking inappropriate pictures and groping them. Tyndall has denied the allegations.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several dozen women who have accused Tyndall of abuse, said in a statement that the amount of money in the proposed settlement was "way too minimal."

Attorneys said that if the settlement was approved, any victims who had not yet come forward and filed legal action against Tyndall would be held to its terms.

Tyndall spent about three decades as a USC staff gynecologist. He was suspended in 2016 after a health worker accused him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients.

The university has faced criticism of its handling of the matter after a Los Angeles Times report this year said that complaints about Tyndall's care went unheeded by the school for decades. President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down following the criticism.

Interim President Wanda Austin said in a statement Friday that since she took office, "a fair and respectful resolution for as many former patients as possible has been a priority for the university and for me personally."

"I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee," Austin said.