LOS ANGELES — Notable women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is now representing 36 of the hundreds of women who claim sexual misconduct by former University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall.
Allred says, “These victims are not going away. They’re not going to stop until there is an acceptable form of justice.”
In a Monday press conference in Los Angeles, Daniela Mohazab, one of 12 of Allred’s latest clients, tells reporters that at a general check-up on April 4, 2016, when she was 19, Dr. Tyndall asked her ethnicity. Upon learning that she was Filipina, he told her that she was pretty, and that Filipina women were good in bed, she said.
Mohazab alleges that during the exam, with no nurse present, Tyndall used two ungloved fingers, not a speculum — a standard medical tool for women’s internal pelvic exams — and felt around inside her.
Mohazab reports that at the time she felt “extremely uncomfortable and violated by the experience,” and is still in shock that “USC knew about his behavior since 1990… before I was even born.”
Los Angeles police also are investigating Tyndall for inappropriate and possibly criminal behavior, but no charges have been filed.
Tyndall resigned from the university in 2016 with a financial payout. USC failed to report allegations against Tyndall to either state medical authorities or to inform his patients. Tyndall worked at USC for nearly 30 years and his alleged sexual misconduct is apparently decades old.
Tyndall is not responding to media requests, but told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year that he has “never had any sexual urges” toward his patients, saying his examinations were thorough and appropriate.
The USC situation is the latest in allegations of sexual misconduct on college campuses going back decades by physicians. Last winter USA Gymnastic doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for sexually abusing dozens of females. A sexual misconduct case is still developing against Richard Strauss, a former Ohio State doctor who died in 2005; male athletes have accused him of abuse.
There are calls for USC President C. L. Max Nikia’s resignation. Michigan State’s president Lou Anna Simon resigned under pressure in January after 13 years of leading the school.
In June, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights started an investigation into USC’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations against Tyndall. The office noted that the university failed to report the accusations in earlier assessments and is looking into how USC handled “reports and complaints of sexual harassment during pelvic exams as early as 1990.”