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University of Southern California pays $1bn to women over alleged sexual assaults by gynaecologist

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n869 (Published 31 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n869
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to pay $852m (£618m; €727m) to 710 women who said that they were sexually abused or assaulted by George Tyndall, a former gynaecologist at the USC’s student health centre.

The payment, approved by a Los Angeles County superior court, will bring the university’s total liability to over $1bn. Last year a judge approved a $215m settlement offered by USC to settle a separate class action suit by Tyndall’s former patients in federal court. The earlier settlement may ultimately be shared among as many as 18 000 women who consulted the gynaecologist during his 30 years at the university.

The newer payout relates only to cases of abuse alleged from 2009 to 2016. Tyndall was arrested in 2019 and awaits trial …

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