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For 27 years, USC ignored warnings about a gynecologist nicknamed ‘The Butcher’

James Clarke

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The LA Times reports that before examinations, Tyndall would often insert two fingers into the vagina to ensure the speculum would fit, and move his fingers in and out of them while saying, “My, what a tight muscle you have. You must be a runner.” According to lawsuits reviewed by ThinkProgress, many victims allege that he touched them with ungloved hands, which he would repeatedly and aggressively move in and out of their vagina.

USC employees were repeatedly warned about Tyndall’s misconduct

Considering Tyndall didn’t seem particularly concerned about covering up his behavior – and it went on for more than a quarter of a century – it’s hard to treat his villainy as a case of a lone bad actor. The university admits that there were eight formal complaints filed against Tyndall between 2000 to 2014, some for racist and insulting comments towards African Americans and Latinos, and others about sexual misconduct towards patients.

“Several of the complaints were concerning enough that it is not clear today why the former health center director permitted Tyndall to remain in his position,” the university said in a summary of its investigation into the matter, which was published in response to the LA Times investigation. In the early 1990s, the Times reports that chaperones became alarmed at how often Tyndall was taking pictures of his patients’ genitals, and questioned his motives.

Loewy told ThinkProgress that back in 1993, after her disturbing appointment with Tyndall, she arranged to see another doctor at the clinic.

In 2016, after being repeatedly frustrated by supervisors and officials in the medical center ignoring concerns about Tyndall’s behavior from patients, chaperones, and nurses, veteran nurse Cindy Gilbert went to USC’s rape crisis center to report Tyndall. USC did not report Tyndall to the medical board, or to the police.

USC told the Times it is not under any legal obligation to report Tyndall, though it did finally file a complaint with the medical board on March 9, about a month after the Times investigation began.

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