$215 Million Settlement in Suit on Abuse at USC

October 22, 2018

The law firm representing hundreds of current and former students at the University of Southern California on Friday announced -- and USC confirmed -- a $215 million settlement with the university. The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall, formerly a gynecologist in the university's health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced. Depending on the experience of different women in the suit, some will receive $2,500 each and others could receive up to $250,000 each. The agreement still requires court approval, which is expected.

Wanda Austin, interim president of USC, issued a statement that said in part that she hoped the settlement "will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this difficult experience. By doing so, we hope that we can help our community move collectively toward reconciliation. I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee."

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