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The president of the University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to step down amid a widely damaging sex scandal involving a university gynecologist accused of decades of sexual misconduct, the school’s board of trustees said Friday.
A letter from the board to the USC community did not specify when C.L. Max Nikias, 65, would leave his post.
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"President Nikias and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president," Rick J. Caruso, the board’s 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, professors and alumni demanded Nikias' ouster, alleging that USC failed to respond to complaints of misconduct involving Dr. George Tyndall, 71, a gynecologist who worked at a university clinic for 30 years.
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Tyndall routinely made crude comments, took inappropriate photos and forced plaintiffs to strip naked and groped them under the guise of medical treatment for his "sexual gratification," according to civil lawsuits filed this week.
So far, at least 20 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against USC and the doctor, alleging abuse, sexual assault, and that the university disregarded their complaints about Tyndall, the Times reported.
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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.
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“The resignation of Dr. Nikias is the first step in a long process of healing for the victims of Dr. Tyndall. It occurred because students, faculty and alumni pressured Board of Trustees to do the right thing,” Manly said in his statement. “It is our hope that their pressure will continue until the...
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