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More than 50 women claim they have been sexually abused, police say



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Updated 29 May 2018 21:30 EDT

Los Angeles – Los Angeles police say more than 50 women have contacted them regarding possible sexual abuse traced by a University of Southern California gynecologist decades. Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg said on Tuesday that the allegations against Dr. George Tyndall from 1990 to 2016 during a time when she could have treated more than 1

0,000 women.

Police ask women who feel inappropriately treated to call detectives

So far, 13 women have contacted the police directly and another 39 have been referred by a USC hotline. The university says more than 300 women have contacted the hotline. However, as some of the complaints are old, they could go beyond the statute of limitations to make charges such as rape and other sexual assault.

"Many of them are just inappropriate comments that obviously do not constitute a crime," police captain Billy Hayes.

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Former USC gynecologist dr. George Tyndall is accused of sexual misconduct and abuse of patients.

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More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against USC and Tyndall since the Los Angeles Times this month reported that women had been complaining about him for years and the university did not take action against him until 2016.

A 2016 internal The investigation found that Tyndall, 71, had performed inappropriate gynecological examinations and had made sexually and racially offensive remarks to patients. He also took pictures of female genitalia. The university has not reported the matter to the state medical committee.

Tyndall has denied the wrongdoing in interviews. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment.

At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed so far. They claim that Tyndall routinely made rough comments, made inappropriate photos, and forced the plaintiffs to strip naked and grope them for his "sexual satisfaction" under the pretext of medical treatment.

USC said Tyndall had been on vacation in 2016 and never returned to treat students after officials received a complaint from a health care center employee. The employee claimed that Tyndall had made inappropriate comments to a patient before medical assistants

USC President Max Nikias agreed to resign on Friday on pressure from the faculty. An Associated Press letter to faculty members states that the school's board of trustees had "agreed to start a smooth transition" and started looking for a new president.

"… President Nikias and the Executive Committee of The Board of Trustees has agreed to begin an orderly transition and initiate the process of selecting a new president," USC Chief Executive Rick J. Caruso said. "We recognize the need for change and are committed to a stable transition."

Anyone with information about Tyndall can call the Special Assault Section of the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-486-6910.

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