One of the women who said she was sexually assaulted by USC campus doctor George Tyndall filed a class action complaint Friday against the gynecologist, and the university, the student health center and others, according to documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
The woman, listed as Jane Doe on the May 25 complaint, is suing on behalf of herself and other victims for battery, negligence, gender violence, gross negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation and aiding and abetting.
So far, more than six women have filed suits against Tyndall and the university, but USC has reportedly received over 300 calls reporting alleged misconduct by Tyndall since the news broke earlier this week. Tyndall practiced at USC’s Engemann Student Health Center from 1987 until he was suspended in 2016.
The alleged victims have described similar experiences when they sought medical treatment from the longtime campus doctor. The women alleged Tyndall examined then without the use of medical gloves or tools, and made inappropriate remarks about their vagina, sex life, and groped their breasts.
According to one of the attorneys representing one of the victims, USC received repeated complaints from students and co-workers, but campus officials failed to take appropriate steps to investigate those complaints.
Howard A. Janet, the attorney who is representing the victim who filed the class action suit on Friday, said in a press release that despite the findings from an independent investigation that concluded Tyndall "exhibited unprofessional and inappropriate behavior" and that his pelvic exams were outside "current standards of care,” USC officials still characterized Tyndall’s departure as a resignation. The university also provide Tyndall with severance, Janet said.
“Given the multitude of complaints lodged to the University during much of Dr. Tyndall’s tenure, there is a reasonable basis to conclude that USC should have reported him years, if not decades, earlier,” Janet said.
USC officials have forwarded the names of Tyndall’s patients to the LAPD. Meanwhile, students and faculty have called for the resignation of university President C.L. Max Nikias. , who stepped down from the position today.
"President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president," Rick J. Caruso, a USC trustee, said in a letter to the campus Friday. "We recognize the need for change and are committed to a stable transition."
Tyndall has denied all the allegations and sent this statement to the Daily Trojan, the university’s student newspaper:
“I chose to become the first-ever obstetrician-gynecologist to be offered a full-time position at USC’s student health center because I’d decided that my new mission in life would be to do my utmost to protect the health of Trojan women,” Tyndall wrote. “‘I will do everything I possibly can,’ I said to myself, ‘to assist Trojan women to achieve their career goals without being sidetracked by a preventable condition or disease.’”
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