Last spring, Los Angeles police launched an investigation into sexual assault claims against University of Southern California (USC) gynecologist Dr. George Tydall. Several former and current female students had reported that he had inappropriately touched them, unnecessarily penetrated them with his hands, made lewd comments, and photographed them while they were at his office for medical exams. The investigation became one of the largest – if not the largest – sex crimes investigations involving an individual in the Los Angeles Police Department’s history.
As part of their investigation, police began following the former gynecologist, noting that on two occasions Tydall, 71, drove to a self-storage facility and spent time in a rental unit. Police raided the unit and found a large amount of homemade pornography paraphernalia as well as photos of naked women in what appeared to be a medical exam room.
In August, USC agreed to pay $215 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit brought by hundreds of current and former students who alleged they were sexually assaulted by Tydall.
The proposed settlement involves three tiers of claims under which the women would be eligible for amounts ranging from $2,500 to $250,000. The lowest payments would be made to current and former students identified through the school’s health center records or those who submitted evidence that they were patients of Tyndall. The second tier would award between $7,500 and $20,00 to class members who submit statements describing their experience and the impact it had on them. The third tier would award $7,500 to $250,000 to women who submit impact statements and agree to be interviewed by a forensic psychologist.