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US USC was warned about gynecologist before clinic hired him: lawsuit

00:51  30 may  2018
00:51  30 may  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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USC also has been hit with more than a dozen lawsuits and accusations that it ignored sexual misconduct complaints against campus gynecologist A complaint filed Tuesday says that USC was warned about Tyndall's behavior before it hired him as a full-time employee. As a medical resident

University of Southern California and Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist who worked at a USC clinic for 30 years, have been sued by four former students. The civil lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles alleges Dr It's not immediately known if he has an attorney. USC is accused of negligence.

Image: The University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los AngelesThe University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles on May 22, 2018. Four former USC students have sued the school and an ex-campus gynecologist who they accuse of sexual battery and sexual harassment. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: The University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los AngelesThe University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles on May 22, 2018. Four former USC students have sued the school and an ex-campus gynecologist who they accuse of sexual battery and sexual harassment.

The University of Southern California, in turmoil over accusations it covered up sexual misconduct by a campus gynecologist, was warned about his behavior a year before he was hired as a full-time employee, according to a new lawsuit.

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Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist at the school's Student Health Clinic for 30 years. Attorney John Manly said the 93 former students are represented in two new lawsuits . The former students allege that USC ignored complaints about the doctor for decades, and concealed the doctor's actions.

University officials said the school reached a settlement with the doctor and did not report him "Reportedly, USC was aware of Dr. Tyndall's inappropriate conduct before I was even born," Mohazab said. She's seeking damages for, among other things, sexual battery, negligent hiring and retention

A complaint filed Tuesday says that while Dr. George Tyndall was a medical resident at USC Medical Center in 1988, he abused a woman who was taking part in a clinical trial for an abortion pill.

Tyndall allegedly made the woman strip completely naked, made inappropriate comments about her breasts, penetrated her with ungloved fingers and fondled her genitals — and the patient was disturbed enough to complaint to the medical center.

"I did not understand the doctor's behavior and language towards me which was startling and offensive, and I left feeling as though I had been molested and mistreated during my exams," the unidentified woman wrote in a letter to the medical center billing office, according to the court papers.

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USC , ex-school gynecologist face lawsuits over alleged inappropriate touching. University officials said the school reached a settlement with the doctor and did not report him to law Seven women have filed lawsuits alleging Tyndall, a former gynecologist at USC 's student health center for nearly

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The following year, USC hired Tyndall to work at the campus health center, where he worked until last year.

USC officials have acknowledged that complaints about Tyndall had been lodged as far back as 2000, but said the supervisor of the health center chose to investigate them on his own and did not bring them to the attention of school leadership.

A 2016 complaint sparked an internal investigation that led USC to begin termination proceedings against Tyndall. But the school admits that after he threatened to sue, he was allowed to resign in exchange for a settlement.

A Los Angeles Times investigation into Tyndall triggered an avalanche of complaints from former patients who say he made lewd comments and subjected them to unnecessarily invasive exams, and more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias announced plans to resign last week as the Board of Trustees said it had "heard the message that something is broken."

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University officials said the school reached a settlement with Tyndall but did not report him to law enforcement or state medical authorities. "Dr. Tyndall continues to deny that he engaged in any criminal conduct during his employment at USC ," said Leonard Levine, a lawyer representing Tyndall.

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images. A disturbing report in the Los Angeles Times reveals that a gynecologist at the University of Southern California ’s student health clinic allegedly touched female students inappropriately for decades, and made racially discriminatory comments to his patients.

University officials have said that any claim the school concealed alleged misdeeds by Tyndall is "patently false." They did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday's court filing.

The lawsuit includes two other plaintiffs. One of them said that on her first-ever visit to a gynecologist for a yeast infection in 2013, Tyndall made her strip down for a "mole check," groped her breasts with ungloved hands and put his ungloved fingers in her, supposedly to see if a speculum would fit.

The other woman saw Tyndall between 2013 and 2016 and said he referred to her genitalia as "beautiful" and made comments like, "You look like a model. I bet your mom looks like a model too."

NBC News' efforts to contact Tyndall were unsuccessful, but he has previously denied wrongdoing to the LA Times, saying his exams were thorough but not sexual. In a letter to the newspaper, he said he knew of only one patient complaint about him, for not wearing gloves during a pelvic exam — which he said was false.

John Manly, the attorney who filed Tuesday's suit, called for independent investigations by law enforcement into Tyndall and USC.

"Why did USC hire a man to provide intimate medical care to vulnerable young women after receiving a credible complaint of molestation by a patient?" he said in a statement announcing the suit.

"How could they allow him to continue treating patients for 30 years amid continuous complaints of sexual harassment and abuse? How and why did they allow Dr. Tyndall to quietly retire with a golden parachute without revealing what they know to the police or the California Medical Board?"

Manly is also representing scores of women who accused gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of molesting them under the guise of exams and treatments. Michigan State University, which employed Nassar and was accused of ignoring complaints about him, agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits earlier this month.

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