Women are filing a lawsuit Monday against the University of Southern California over a former gynecologist’s alleged sexual abuse.
Attorney Andy Rubenstein said that the 51 women he is representing are filing a lawsuit against USC and former gynecologist George Tyndall who is accused of sexual misconduct against his patients, ABC News reported. Tyndall’s alleged victims claimed the university was aware of his misconduct yet failed to take action. Tyndall, who worked at the California university for 30 years, was forced to retire in 2017 following the allegations. (RELATED: USC Doctor Is Now Facing Sexual Misconduct Allegations)
“He wouldn’t have gotten away with it if USC had stepped up,” said Rubenstein, according to ABC News. “They were protecting a predator.” The former USC doctor was accused of sexual misconduct by giving unnecessary pelvic exams, storing photos of his former patients’ genitals and making suggestive comments to his former patients.
“Dr. Tyndall is confident that when all the facts are known, particularly when experts in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology are consulted, it will be clear that his practice of medicine at USC, was consistent with the standard of care for such examinations, and for the stated medical purpose,” Leonard Levine, the attorney representing Tyndall told ABC News in a statement.
Former USC President C.L. Max Nikias resigned following accusations that he mishandled the sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. Tyndall, according to a statement from the university on May 25.
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