The Times’ investigation of George Tyndall, former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing students

USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students during three decades at a campus clinic. The Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for this series that roiled the prestigious private university and led to dramatic changes, including the resignation of the university president C.L. Max Nikias. The series also triggered local, state and federal investigations. A task force of police detectives interviewed women across the country, a review that grew into the Los Angeles Police Department's largest-ever sex crimes investigation of a single suspect.

USC was told gynecologist could be preying on Asian women, secret records show

USC received a report saying its longtime campus gynecologist was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of “psychopathy."

USC’s doctor scandal awoke a horrific memory. Now Nicole Haynes fights for the truth

Nicole Haynes, a former track star at USC, still wonders why a doctor was allowed to practice on campus after years of sex abuse allegations.

Despite his ouster, Max Nikias is still a force at USC, leaving some worried

C.L. Max Nikias was forced out as USC’s president last summer. But he remains a tenured professor and board member, possibly complicating USC's efforts to move on from scandal after scandal.

Los Angeles Times wins Pulitzer for investigation into former USC gynecologist

Pulitzer Prize judges named investigative reporters Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton and Paul Pringle for their 2018 work uncovering troubling allegations of misconduct by a former USC gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall and led to changes at the university. It is The Times' 45th Pulitzer Prize.

How the Los Angeles Times uncovered the George Tyndall scandal

The Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday for articles that exposed Dr. George Tyndall, the USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students. Here are excerpts from the entry The Times submitted for consideration.

USC has investigated its recent scandals. Now it should release the results

USC should make public the results of its investigations into the Puliafito and Tyndall scandals soon, and commit to release findings of the admissions probe.

Top USC officials stepping down as university tries to set new course

In the latest sign of upheaval at the University of Southern California, Provost Michael Quick and General Counsel Carol Amir are to leave their posts in June.

How much of USC’s sweeping sexual abuse investigation will stay secret?

The USC investigation into Dr. George Tyndall remains unfinished and it’s unclear whether any of the law firms’ findings will ever be shared with the physician’s alleged victims.

USC’s controversial $215-million settlement with gynecologist’s victims moves forward

USC is pressing ahead with a $215-million financial settlement with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, according to new court filings.

Feuding USC trustees announce no changes after emergency board meeting

USC board Chairman Rick Caruso calls an emergency meeting of the trustees, who have been clashing amid a search for a new president.

A USC doctor was accused of bad behavior with young women for years. The university let him continue treating students

USC's one full-time gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, was allowed to continue seeing student patients for decades despite accusations of inappropriate behavior during pelvic exams and making sexually suggestive remarks about students' bodies.

How George Tyndall went from USC gynecologist to the center of LAPD’s largest-ever sex abuse investigation

Profile of George Tyndall, the former USC gynecologist now at the center of the largest sex abuse investigation with a single suspect handled by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police found trove of nude images of women in ex-USC gynecologist’s storage unit

The LAPD raided a storage unit for USC gynecologist George Tyndall and found a trove of homemade pornography and photos of unclothed women in what appeared to be a medical exam room.

Grand jury is investigating USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of patients

Los Angeles County prosecutors have convened a grand jury to hear evidence about Dr. George Tyndall, the USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of patients during three decades at a campus health clinic, according to two sources familiar with the case.

Wealthy USC donors revolt after interim president pushes out top dean over handling of misconduct cases

At issue is the removal of Dean James Ellis, who has led the school since 2007, over his response to sexual harassment and discrimination claims against faculty and staff.

USC gynecologist accused of abusing patients faces loss of medical license

The state medical board has accused Tyndall of misconduct in a series of appointments with five patients where he allegedly made lewd remarks, performed “non-clinical” breast and pelvic exams and once mocked a patient who had been sexually assaulted.

USC's tentative $215-million settlement in Tyndall abuse cases likely just the beginning of financial pain for the university

USC said Friday it had reached an “agreement in principle” to pay $215 million to patients treated by Dr. George Tyndall, the longtime campus gynecologist accused of abusing and sexually harassing scores of young women.

How USC's Tyndall settlement compares with other school payouts

The $215-million proposed settlement for patients treated by USC gynecologist George Tyndall ranks among the biggest paid by universities in sexual abuse cases, experts say.

Scores more former patients sue USC over gynecologist's alleged sexual misconduct

Ninety-three people have sued USC over alleged sexual misconduct by longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall.

Former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing students agrees to suspension of medical license

Dr. George Tyndall, the USC gynecologist accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of students, has given up his medical license temporarily as he confronts a police investigation and a barrage of lawsuits.

USC physician who supervised gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall sues university for defamation

In his lawsuit filed Thursday, Dr. William Leavitt, the former lead physician at USC’s Engemann Student Health Center, said that public statements by administrators about his supposed role in the Tyndall scandal destroyed his reputation.

L.A. County prosecutors reviewing nearly 30 cases against USC's former gynecologist

LAPD detectives have presented the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office with nearly 30 cases for possible sex-crime charges against USC’s former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.

30 more women sue USC over former gynecologist as new interim president welcomes freshmen to campus

An additional 30 women have sued USC, accusing the university of failing to protect them from abuse and mistreatment by the longtime campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.

Number of patients suing USC over sex abuse claims tops 300 as faculty push for Nikias' exit

In a wave of new lawsuits Tuesday, 90 women and one transgender man accused USC of failing to protect them from sexual abuse by a campus gynecologist.

USC hit with lawsuits from 51 more patients of George Tyndall as board chairman calls for expedited settlement

As more lawsuits pile up against USC for its handling of a campus gynecologist accused of sexually abusing patients, the chair of the university’s board of trustees said he wanted to see the litigation resolved “as quickly as possible.”

Ex-USC gynecologist retains high-profile criminal attorney

Dr. George Tyndall, the former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing young patients, has retained a veteran Los Angeles defense attorney to represent him amid a widening criminal probe and mounting lawsuits.

USC scandal sparks a reckoning in gynecology: How to better protect patients?

As USC grapples with sexual abuse allegations against campus OB-GYN Dr. George Tyndall, the case is also shaping up to be somewhat of a teaching moment within the world of gynecology.

USC faces massive litigation over doctor's alleged sex abuse

At least several hundred — and possibly thousands — of former USC students are expected to join lawsuits charging the university with negligence for failing to police a doctor who allegedly sexually abused patients, plaintiff lawyers said.

USC lawyer says secret deal with accused campus gynecologist 'worked efficiently'

Testifying before legislators at the State Capitol Monday, an attorney for USC defended its response to misconduct reports against a campus gynecologist, saying the university’s decision to force the physician out through a secret internal process “worked efficiently.”

LAPD raids home of ex-USC gynecologist accused of sexually mistreating patients

LAPD has been in contact with more than 100 women. More than 400 have called a university hotline since a Times investigation detailed how USC allowed George Tyndall to continue practicing at a student health clinic on campus despite a record of complaints spanning more than two decades.

'We have been hurt.' More women say they were mistreated by USC gynecologist

Attorney Gloria Allred says a lawsuit filed against the University of Southern California and its former campus clinic gynecologist George Tyndall for sexual battery has expanded to 24 women.

USC's handling of complaints about campus gynecologist is being investigated by federal government

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that it has launched an investigation into USC over its handling of complaints against former longtime campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall.

Rick Caruso is named chair of USC's trustees, vows swift investigation of gynecologist scandal

The University of Southern California’s board of trustees has elected mall magnate Rick Caruso to be the new chair of the board.

LAPD begins sweeping criminal probe of former USC gynecologist while urging patients to come forward

The Los Angeles Police Department said it is investigating 52 separate complaints of misconduct filed by former patients of USC’s longtime campus gynecologist as detectives launch a sweeping criminal investigation into the scandal that has rocked the university.

The end of Max Nikias’ scandal-plagued tenure should push USC trustees to do some soul-searching

After weeks of mounting pressure, USC President Max Nikias said he will step down. The university now has the opportunity to put behind it the scandals that have tarnished its reputation.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, whose tenure was marked by a significant boost in the university’s prestige and fundraising prowess but tarnished by a series of damaging scandals, is stepping down from his post, the university’s Board of Trustees announced Friday.

USC had lost its moral compass. Changes at the top were long overdue

The departure of USC President C.L. Max Nikias offers better chance of reforms.

As more women file lawsuits against USC, gynecologist defends himself in letter to The Times

"Patients sometimes fabricate stories," Dr. George Tyndall wrote in a letter to The Times. By Friday afternoon, 21 women were suing USC over treatment by Tyndall, who served for nearly three decades as the only full-time campus gynecologist until he was forced out last year.

Nikias' tenure as USC president was marked by growth and scandal

The announcement of the USC president's marked an ignoble end for the embattled university executive, whose tenure had been overshadowed by recent scandals tarnishing the reputation of one of Southern California’s premier educational institutions.

Nikias is out as USC president: A timeline of his troubled tenure

A timeline of scandals during the tenure of C.L. Max Nikias, who is stepping down as USC's president.

Pressure grows on Board of Trustees amid USC gynecologist scandal

Amid growing calls for USC President C.L. Max Nikias to resign in the wake of a misconduct scandal involving the campus’ longtime gynecologist, the university’s large and powerful Board of Trustees is coming under growing pressure to take a greater role in responding to the crisis.

USC's Academic Senate calls on university president to resign after a series of scandals

The Academic Senate at USC has called on President C.L. Max Nikias to resign over how he has handled a series of scandals involving campus physicians, most recently a gynecologist who remained on staff for decades despite repeated complaints of misconduct.

Students warned USC about gynecologist early in his career: ‘They missed an opportunity to save a lot of other women’

As more women come forward, some are saying they complained about his behavior as far back as 1995. But George Tyndall continued to see patients, and they are now frustrated that their warnings were not heeded.

300 patients come forward in USC gynecologist misconduct case as LAPD begins investigation

About 300 patients come forward as investigations into former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall intensify.

USC President Max Nikias should resign

Nikias has failed to respond forcefully or appropriately to two appalling crises on his watch.

A string of scandals, but head still not rolling at USC

After a string of recent scandals, USC's trustees continue to support President C.L. Max Nikias. What does Nikias have to do to get fired?

I was a patient of USC gynecologist George Tyndall. The pelvic exam he gave me was anything but normal

I’m a nurse practitioner who has performed thousands of pelvic exams. I know that what happened to me in USC gynecologist George Tyndall's office was not normal.

Dear Lady Trustees of USC: It's time to speak up and hold Max Nikias accountable

Enough with the silence, USC trustees. If the men on your board won't take a stand against President Max Nikias, you should. We are counting on you to help change a culture that puts its image above its responsibility to protect its most vulnerable charges.

200 USC professors demand Nikias step down; trustees express 'full confidence' in president

Two hundred USC professors on Tuesday demanded the resignation of university President C.L. Max Nikias, saying he has failed to protect students, staff and colleagues from sexual misconduct.

USC students, grads and faculty say the only way to restore trust is to fire President Max Nikias

A second scandal involving one of its doctors envelopes USC. A growing number of former students and professors are demanding that USC President C.L. Max Nikias step down. He has failed to protect the USC community, they say, and has lost their confidence. The board of trustees has remained silent.

6 women sue USC, alleging they were victimized by campus gynecologist

USC is sued by former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment.

Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture

How USC handled the case of a campus gynecologist allowed to practice for years despite complaints of misconduct has sparked outrage and demands for change in the university’s leadership and management culture. To some, it is part of a troubling pattern.

Patients flood USC with reports about doctor accused of misconduct; LAPD set to review cases

USC has moved to fire two supervisors in the student clinic where a gynecologist was allowed to continue practicing despite years of misconduct complaints from patients and co-workers.

USC's aggressive recruiting of Chinese students faces challenge amid gynecologist scandal

USC has aggressively courted Chinese students and donors as part of its expansion. But allegations that a former gynecologist preyed on Chinese students has sparked alarm from the Chinese government and students. The stakes for USC are high.

Chinese government has 'serious concerns' about USC gynecologist and allegations of misconduct with students

The Chinese government expressed "serious concerns" over revelations that a gynecologist at USC’s student health clinic was allowed to continue treating students despite repeated allegations of misconduct.

Vulnerable young women. A gynecologist accused of violating them. Where was USC?

A USC gynecologist is finally relieved of duty, years after students and staffers complained that he was sexually inappropriate with them. Why do adults fail the young people they are charged with protecting?

Why are so many misconduct complaints falling on deaf ears at USC?

USC needs to ensure patients are protected. And fast.

Former students recount decades of disturbing behavior by USC gynecologist

Former USC students grappled with the news Wednesday that Dr. George Tyndall, the campus clinic’s only full-time gynecologist for nearly 30 years, was accused of serial misconduct before he was forced to resign last year. He denies wrongdoing.