The University of Southern California has agreed to pay an $842 million settlement to more than 700 women who have accused the college’s longtime campus gynecologist of sexual abuse, the victims’ lawyers announced Thursday.
Attorneys representing 710 women who claim they were sexually abused by former USC campus gynecologist George Tyndall announced an $852 million settlement in lawsuits against the university Thursday.
The resolution was described as the largest known settlement against any university and the largest personal injury settlement against any college or university in U.S. history.
When combined with an earlier $215 million settlement of a separate class-action suit, USC has agreed to pay out more than $1 billion for claims against Tyndall, who worked at the school for nearly 30 years.
“This historic settlement came about through the bravery of hundreds of women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced.
We appreciate the diligent efforts of the survivors’ attorneys who worked with us to obtain this measure of justice and healing,” survivor’s attorney John Manly said.
“The enormous size of this settlement speaks to the immense harm done to our clients and the culpability of USC.”
The settlement will be distributed between Tyndall’s victims ranging from six-figure payouts to multimillion-dollar settlements.
Hundreds of women have come forward with allegations of abuse by Tyndall under the guise of gynecological exams during his time at the university, with some complaints dating back to the 1980s.
Tyndall was placed on leave by USC in 2016 and retired with a financial settlement in 2017.