(NationRise.com) – An alleged sexual predator who led the University of Southern California into $1 billion of lawsuits from hundreds of victims has passed away at the age of 76.
George Tyndall, who previously worked as a gynecologist at the school, died on October 4. His body was found in his home after a welfare check from a friend. The 76-year-old’s cause of death has not yet been released as of this writing.
Over 700 women accused him of assault, leading to the university’s hefty legal payout. Those accusations date back to the early 90s when Tyndall was accused of taking inappropriate pictures. Most of the allegations of misconduct came from 16 students who claimed they were attacked between 2009 and 2016. Tyndall always claimed innocence and believed he could prove it to a jury.
Tyndall was scheduled to appear in court this month. He was facing 27 sexual harassment charges, down from the original 35. Those charges included 18 counts of assaulting unconscious victims. The charges were filed by 16 patients previously under his care at the university. One victim was only 17 when the alleged incident took place.
The university fired him in 2016 after receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct. However, he received a large sum of money from the university shortly after. His accusers first gained publicity after an LA Times investigation in 2018. That same year, the university also fired two health administrators over the allegations.
The liberal university initially paid $215 million in settlements after a class action lawsuit in 2019. It then paid an additional $852 million in settlements in 2021.
The former patients named in the lawsuits received payouts ranging from $2500 to $250000. Some payments were sent to victims who never filed accusations against Tyndall.
The school also drew significant condemnation from the Chinese government after it was revealed that most of Tyndall’s victims were of Asian descent. The University of California has a substantial Asian population.
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