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USC gynecologist accused of sexual abuse by more than 50 women, police say

The police said that the allegations against Dr. George Tyndall date of 1990 up to and including 2016 during a period in which they estimate it could be that he treated more than 10,000 women.

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Los Angeles police are investigating allegations by more than 50 women about possible sexual abuse by a University of Southern California gynecologist, dates back decades, authorities said on Tuesday.

The police said that the allegations against Dr. George Tyndall date of 1990 up to and including 2016 during a period in which they estimate it could be that he treated more than 10,000 women. They encouraged other potential victims to come forward.

More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed against Tyndall and USC since the Los Angeles Times reported this month that the women had complained about him for years, and the university will not take action until 2016. The scandal led to the resignation of USC President C. L. Max Nikias on Friday.

Tyndall, 71, is accused of groping patient, perform an incorrect exams, taking photos of women in the genitals and make inappropriate racial and sexual comments. He denied wrongdoing in interviews with the times, but has not returned messages from The Associated Press and it was not clear Tuesday if he had a lawyer who could comment.

A hotline set up by the university had received more than 300 calls, but because some of the complaints are old they could be beyond the statute of limitations to bring charges that include rape and other sexual violence.

“Many of them are just inappropriate responses that apparently is not a crime,” Police Capt. Billy Hayes.

At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed so far. They claim Tyndall routinely made crude comments, took inappropriate photos and forced plaintiffs to strip naked and groped them under the guise of a medical treatment for his sexual gratification.”

USC has said Tyndall was placed on administrative leave in 2016 and never returned back to the treatment of the students after officials received a complaint from an employee of the clinic. The employee claimed that Tyndall inappropriate comments to a patient for medical assistants.

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