George Tyndall Sex Abuse Case: Ex-USC Gynecologist May Have 'Staggering' Number of Victims: Lawyer
Tyndall was the school's gynecologist for nearly three decades.
A gynecologist at the University of Southern California is accused of sexually abusing his young patients for years.
A lawsuit filed Monday by four alleged victims accuses Dr. George Tyndall of "forcing [them] to strip naked... groping [their] breasts" and using techniques that have "no legitimate medical purpose and for no other reason than to satisfy his own prurient sexual desires."
Tyndall practiced at the student health clinic at USC for nearly three decades. Now, the university says 200 calls have come in to a hotline set up for any patients who may have experienced inappropriate conduct.
One lawyer says the total number of victims could be "staggering."
At a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, another alleged victim held a news conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred.
Daniella Mohazab claimed the doctor watched and smiled as she undressed from the bottom down.
She said he made sexual comments about her and said she was pretty.
Ariel Sobel, a USC graduate, described to Inside Edition the behavior by Dr,. Tyndall she claims to have witnessed. She has not filed a lawsuit against the doctor and was not physically abused by him. She claims he made disturbing remarks.
"I believe I was sexually harassed and that is a form of misconduct that no one should experience," she said.
The 22-year-old says the USC health insurance left her no option but to see Dr. Tyndall.
“I found him to be strange for sure," she said. "I think he made some homophobic remarks but he also made comments regarding Asian students that had nothing to do with my medical care, about how he loves having Asian students and how he has a close, special relationship with them."
USC says that in 2016, it received "a complaint from a staff member about Dr. Tyndall."
A subsequent investigation by the university showed that "the manner in which Dr. Tyndall performed physical exams did not meet current practice standards and that he made inappropriate remarks to patients, in some cases during the examination process. Some of these comments were racially discriminatory and sexually inappropriate."
The case is calling to mind the scandal of Larry Nassar, the doctor who preyed on scores of young female athletes on the U.S. gymnastics team for decades.
Tyndall left USC last year. He has denied any wrongdoing, saying his exams were appropriate and "extremely thorough."
The lawsuit also accuses USC of knowing about and covering up Tyndalls' behavior, but the university's provost says that's not true. He also apologized to the students, saying he is horrified and disgusted that this happened at the school.
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