University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias is at the start of the ceremonies on the campus in Los Angeles, May 12, 2017. Nikias has agreed to step down amid a sex scandal involving a school gynecologist.
The president of the University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to step down, amid a large-scale malicious sex scandal involving a university gynecologist accused of decades of sexual misconduct, the school has a board of supervision said Friday.
A letter from the council to the USC community did not specify when C. L. Max Nikias, 65, would leave his post.
“President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of directors have agreed to begin an orderly transition and to begin the process of choosing a new president, Rick J. Caruso, the board of directors, the chairman, wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “We recognize the need for change and are committed to a stable transition.”
The announcement came days after hundreds of students, teachers and alumni are asked Nikias’ ouster, stating that USC failed to respond to complaints of abuses with respect to Dr. George Tyndall, 71, a gynaecologist who worked in a university for 30 years.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias to step down https://t.co/QzPYQZFH8Q pic.twitter.com/dnDEwZFthD
— The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 26, 2018
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,” according to civil lawsuits this week.
So far, at least 20 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against USC, and the doctor, on suspicion of abuse, sexual assault, and that the university ignored their complaints about Tyndall, the time reported.
USC received about 200 complaints from former patients, according to the newspaper.
Attorney John Manly represents more than 80 patients who claim to be victims of Tyndall, according to a statement he released Friday.
“The resignation of Dr. Nikias is the first step in a long process of healing for the victims of Dr. Tyndall. It happened because the students, teachers and alumni pressured the Board of Trustees to do the right thing,” Manly said in his statement. “It is our hope that the pressure will continue until the University reforms of the culture, which sexual abuse and contains all of the factors responsible, so this will never happen again.”
“The resignation of Dr. Nikias is the first step in a long process of healing for the victims of Dr. Tyndall. It happened because the students, teachers and alumni pressured the Board of Trustees to do the right thing.”
– John Manly, a lawyer for ex-patients of Dr. George Tyndall
Manly also tweeted in agreement with Nikias dismissal.
The protection of the perpetrators “for the good of the USC” was probably the mantra of the cover-up.We now know 3 generations of young women at SC were savaged. Nikias and others to hide the truth have brought shame and a bad name to USC.They should be held accountable. https://t.co/FS5HPUoJ2S
— john manly (@johnmanly) May 26, 2018
“Protecting the perpetrators for the well-being of the USC” was probably the mantra of the cover-up. We now know 3 generations of young women at SC were savaged,” he tweeted. “Nikias and others to hide the truth have brought shame and a bad name to USC.”
His firm, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, is that the same as a lawyer, many of the Team USA gymnasts who were victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar and helped secure a $500 million settlement from Michigan State University last week, according to the New York Post.
USC reportedly not on the proper handling of complaints about the Tyndall for years, boiling down today, still raging sex scandal.
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University officials never reported Tyndall to the medical board, even after he was quietly forced to retire.
The police interviewing of former patients to determine what charges will be brought against Tyndall.
Tydall defended himself in a letter to the Times published Friday.
He wrote that the clinic’s former director, Dr. Larry Neinstein, conducted a poll of medical assistants or nurses who were chaperones when he saw the patients, and “they confirmed that an exam without a glove, never happened,” says the Times.
“Patients sometimes fabricate stories,” he wrote, reportedly adding that the male and female doctors conduct pelvic exams should be “always a supervisor present.”
Since the Times of’ research on Tydall was made public last week, about 385 women have a university hotline, the report said.
Meanwhile, Nikias’ reputation has been tainted by a series of other USC scandals.
In July, the Times reported that Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, USC medical school dean, used drugs and partied with prostitutes.
In October, Puliafito’s successor, Dr. Rohit Varma, resigned following revelations of a sexual harassment settlement from 15 years earlier.
Earlier this year, Tony Bland, a USC assistant basketball coach, was fired after his arrest in September last year in connection with an FBI investigation into bribery, the Times reported.
It was not immediately clear who is the successor of Nikias, who became the university’s president in 2010.
A spokesman for USC said the university had no further comment.
The Associated Press contribued to this report.
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