By: Alyssa Wilson
The University of Southern California (USC) has reached a $1.1 billion settlement after hundreds of women accused the university’s former gynecologist, George Tyndall, of sexual abuse.
The total is the combination of an $852 million settlement with 710 former patients who filed a suit in state court, a $215 million federal class-action agreement reached in 2018 and other settlements.
A group of women has accused Tyndall of sexually abusing them during examinations and a lawsuit alleges the university knew about the complaints against him and did nothing.
Tyndall was arrested in June 2019 and has pleaded guilty to 35 charges, according to CBS News.
He served as the university’s gynecologist at the student health clinic from 1989 to 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In a letter addressed to the USC Community, President Carol Folt said she hopes the settlement “provides some relief to the women abused by George Tyndall.”
I am deeply sorry for the pain experienced by the women who trusted him as a physician and appreciate the courage of all who came forward. I do hope this much-needed resolution provides some relief to the women abused by George Tyndall. https://t.co/72rVXNA09I
— Carol Folt (@PresidentFolt) March 25, 2021
USC general counsel said the number of accusers in the Tyndall case was the “primary factor” in the amount of the settlement.
This settlement is the largest in history against an American college or university, beating the settlements against Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University.
In 2018, Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse victims.
A settlement involving Pennsylvania State University for $109 million was paid to women sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky.
The case against Nassar involved 332 victims and the case against Sandusky involved more than 30 victims, the Daily Collegian reported.
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