Alleged sexual assault victims of University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall could get a hefty sum from the university. USC Interim President Wanda Austin announced Friday that the institution is willing to pay a $215 million class-action settlement with women accusing Tyndall of misconduct.
“Our Board of Trustees supports this settlement, which was reached in collaboration with plaintiffs’ counsel, and which will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this difficult experience,” Austin said “By doing so, we hope that we can help our community move collectively toward reconciliation.”
If approved by federal authorities, former patients of Tyndall will receive $2,500 each. Patients who are willing to provide further details about their experience could be eligible for additional compensation up to $250,000, and the university made it clear that individuals can still come forward with new or additional information, and that none of the money would come from tuition or student fees. Rather, the settlement would be funded through insurance claims and reserve cash held by the university.
Tyndall patients don’t need to do anything for now, Austin said. Once the court approves the settlement, a notice of the settlement with further details will be mailed out. Anyone who would like to stay informed can send their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyndall and USC have been sued by hundreds of alleged victims, many of whom claim they were inappropriately fondled or photographed by Tyndall under the guise of gynecological exams. Many have also accused him of making sexually charged comments during the exams.
“A fair and respectful resolution for as many former patients as possible has been a priority for the university and for me personally since I began serving in the role of interim president,” Austin said. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward, but it is only the beginning of our journey.”
However, Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of Tyndall’s alleged victims, said the $2,500 being proposed for individual women is “way too minimal.”
“In our opinion, for what some of the victims went through, this is a nuisances amount and may not properly compensate victims for what some of them have suffered,” Allred said. “We are continuing to vigorously litigate our state cases for numerous victims and we will insist that each of our clients be properly compensated for what they were forced to endure, which for many of our clients is expected to be far in excess of what individuals in the class action will receive.”
City News Service contributed to this story.