October 2, 2019: Gov. Newsom Signs a Law Giving Victims of USC Gynecologist (Dr. Tyndall) Allowing the Victims to File Lawsuits for Incidents that Occurred between January 1, 1988, and January 1, 2017.
Governor Newsom has signed a law that allows the victims to bring a lawsuit against USC and Dr. Tyndall for alleged incidents that occurred by the physician at a student health center between January 1, 1988, and January 1, 2017.
The law responds to allegations by hundreds of women that former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall sexually assaulted them during examinations.
In May 2018, the story broke of a cover-up by USC of sexual misconduct by Tyndall, the sole full-time gynecologist at its Student Health Center since 1989. Although USC received numerous complaints over the decades about Tyndall, it didn’t conduct any investigation until 2016 after a nurse reported the doctor to a rape crisis center.
Among the accusations are that Tyndall forced patients to strip naked and took photographs, groped breasts, and digitally penetrated them – often without wearing gloves and with unwashed hands – and made racist, misogynistic and sexually-harassing comments to the young students.
More than 700 former students have filed civil lawsuits in California state court against Tyndall and USC for sexual battery and related sexual abuse. Accusations against Tyndall date as far back as the late 1980s.