George Tyndall is an American former gynecologist who was accused of preying on a generation of female students at the University of Southern California (USC) where he worked for almost three decades.
He was charged with 27 felonies, including 18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and nine counts of sexual battery by fraud, which allegedly occurred between 2009 and 2016.
Prosecutors initially filed charges in 2019 related to 21 former patients, but had to drop counts related to five women.
Tyndall surrendered his medical license in September 2019.
In August 2023, Tyndall was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges.
The alleged crimes were reported as far back as 1989, but Tyndall was not asked to resign until 2017 after a nurse reported him to the Rape Crisis Center.
The Los Angeles Police Department conducted the largest investigation of sexual abuse by a single perpetrator in 2019, and Tyndall was under investigation.
George Tyndall cause of death
According to a report on CNN, Tyndall was found dead in his house on Wednesday, October 4, according to his attorney.
His attorney, Leonard Levine, said a friend of Tyndall’s went to check on him after he wasn’t picking up his phone.
At the time of publishing this article, Tyndall’s cause of death remained unknown, although the friend who discovered Tyndall said he was “unresponsive” and “cold to the touch.”
How many women accused George Tyndall of sexual assault?
According to the multiple sources, nearly 500 current and former students have accused Tyndall of sexual assault, with some dating back as far as 30 years.
In 2018, 93 more women accused Tyndall of sexual misconduct, bringing the total number of accusers to around 500.
In 2021, USC agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement with 710 women who alleged that they were abused by Tyndall.
Tyndall was charged with 27 felonies in 2019, including 18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and nine counts of sexual battery by fraud, which allegedly occurred between 2009 and 2016.
How has USC responded to the allegations against George Tyndall?
USC faced criticism for its handling of the allegations against Tyndall.
USC hired a physician auditor service, MD Review, to review Tyndall’s record and practices.
According to the university, “even independent medical evaluators did not conclude he was necessarily unfit.”
Another investigation conducted by a USC office formerly known as USC Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), concluded that Tyndall had:
The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ investigation into the handling of allegations against Tyndall found USC “systemically failed” to respond “promptly and effectively” to reports of misconduct, the department said in a statement.
USC must also review current and former employees to determine whether they took appropriate action when they were notified of complaints or concerns about Tyndall, and make efforts to make contact with patients who lodged complaints against him.
USC agreed to pay more than $1 billion in settlements to those who accused Tyndall of repeated sexual assaults.
The settlement was reached with more than 700 women who have accused the college’s longtime campus gynecologist of sexual abuse.
USC and its insurers will cover the cost of the settlements.
USC officials had repeatedly denied allegations of a cover-up relating to Tyndall and have said that in response to the scandal, new protocols were implemented at its student health center to ensure any complaints are investigated and resolved by appropriate university officials and authorities.
The university also said it has hired female, board-certified physicians and introduced patient education materials about sensitive examinations.
Despite these actions, questions remain about what USC’s administration knew of the allegations and of Tyndall’s behavior and why former Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey – a USC alumnus – chose not to further investigate university officials.
Who was George Tyndall’s wife?
Tyndall was married to Daisy Patricio, a Filipina woman from Mindanao who was approximately 20 years his junior.
They lived in the Lafayette Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and did not have any children, according to Foxla.