Two victims gave testimony to a state Senate committee on Monday, accusing a former University of Southern California gynecologist of sexual harassment.
Lucy Chi, a USC graduate student between 2012 and 2014, spoke at the hearing to discuss what she endured as a student during her visit with the accused, Dr. George Tyndall. She stated:
“He molested me, along with tens of thousands of other women at USC. While I was on the exam table, he told me I was beautiful, complimented my vagina, told me my boyfriend must enjoy having sex with me.”
Shernae Hughes, a 2018 graduate of USC, stated that her first encounter with Tyndall was a “racist and sexist precursor” to the sexual abuse she would soon come to experience. She said:
“I should have never met this man, given the countless complaints the university had against him over the course of decades.”
Accusers blame the university for not taking earlier action against this issue.
Though sexual harassment claims against Tyndall date back to the early 2000s, no action was taken by the school until 2016.
A nurse, who was frustrated with the inaction of administration on this situation, brought this issue to the rape crisis center on the campus of USC.
According to the LA Times, the internal investigation led to the determination that Tyndall’s behavior reflected sexual harassment. In a deal, administrators allowed Tyndall to resign with a financial payout.
More than 400 women have made reports of sexual misconduct to the campus hotline and six women have filed civil lawsuits against Tyndall and USC.
Martha Escutia, from government relations of USC stated:
“We have made significant changes in leadership, policies and procedures at the student health center, and we are confident that this will never happen again.”
Last Thursday, LAPD searched the home of the former gynecologist. The LA Times stated that detectives talked to Tyndall and seized evidence.
Dr. George Tyndall has worked at USC for nearly three decades. He resigned in 2017.
USC has since admitted that “in hindsight” the situation should have been dealt with long before 2016.