Former patients of USC gynecologist George Tyndall said nurses were sometimes present in the room and had their backs turned when the disgraced doctor allegedly took pictures of their private parts and sexually assaulted them under the guise of a medical exam.
More allegations against Tyndall and medical staff at the USC Health Center were revealed on Tuesday, June 12 during a press conference held by attorney Gloria Allred, who is now representing 24 women. The suit accuses Tyndall, USC and other university officials of sexual battery, sexual harassment, battery, negligent hiring, intentional infliction of emotion distress and other allegations.
Allred initially filed a suit against the doctor and the university on behalf of alleged victim Daniella Mohazab, but announced the filing of an amended complaint that included more victims during a press conference on Tuesday at the attorney’s Los Angeles office.
“Our 24 clients are very courageous to have decided to join this lawsuit and reveal what are in some cases very intimate and traumatic details of that they allege that they suffered in they interactions with Dr.Tydall, their gynecologist, at USC,” said Allred in a statement.
One of the unnamed alleged victims said Tyndall examined her in 2007 when she was 18 to 19 years old. During the examination, Tyndall allegedly inserted several fingers at once into her vagina and then proceeded to comment about her “muscle tone.” Tyndall allegedly told the woman that she was “very lucky because you look White but have the tight vaginal muscle tone of an Asian girl.”
“As the examination and comments proceeded, Plaintiff Doe 7 had no idea what to do, as this was her first gynecological exam,” Allred said in the affidavit. “The female nurse firmly kept her back to Plaintiff Doe 7 during the exam, not watching the examination. Plaintiff Doe 7 stared at the female nurse’s ponytail as Defendant Tyndall inserted his fingers inside Plaintiff Doe 7’s vagina. The female nurse then let the room to take the swab away.”
Allred said Tyndall also took pictures of the woman’s vagina for her “medical record.”
The other alleged victims also described similar inappropriate interactions with Tyndall, who claimed the doctor conducted the exams without gloves or did not use proper examination tools.
Allred said rather then reporting the doctor to proper authorities and/or the California Medical Board, the university sought to preserve its reputation and failed to report the disgraced doctor. Allred also alleges USC officials and Tyndall actively concealed from students that Tyndall was suspected of committing sexual crimes to make sure that the university’s fundraising efforts were not “adversely affected.”
The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced on June 11 that a federal investigation would be conducted into how USC handled the sexual harassment claims against Tyndall.
"OCR’s investigation will assess USC’s response to reports and complaints of sexual harassment during pelvic exams as early as 1990 that were not fully investigated by the University until spring 2016 and that the University did not disclose to OCR during an earlier investigation,” US Department officials said in a press release.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos added, “No student should ever endure sexual harassment or abuse while trying to pursue their education. Every student on every campus should have a safe learning environment, and I expect all education institutions under the Department’s jurisdiction to take seriously their responsibilities under Title IX. Attempts to obfuscate or hide Title IX violations from the Department will not be tolerated, and I am calling on USC to cooperate fully and completely with this investigation.”
The alleged victims are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, Allred said.
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