The Los Angeles Times first reported the allegations about Tyndall, and his denial of inappropriate behavior with patients.
According to Reuters, a lawyer representing 44 women accusing Tyndall of misconduct in two separate lawsuits says the settlement amount is too modest.
"USC got out cheap - a jury would have absolutely crushed them", said Michael Barasch, a lawyer who has handled more than 300 sex-abuse cases.
Los Angeles police opened their own investigation and in June searched the doctor's house. According to the paper, a total of 463 women have sued the university over the Tyndall allegations.
USC said Friday it has reached an "agreement in principal" to pay $215 million to patients treated by Dr. George Tyndall, the longtime campus gynecologist accused of abusing and sexually harassing scores of young patients. ". We are pleased that this proposed settlement will bring meaningful recovery to this class of women, without intensive litigation and discovery directed at the victims, and provides a relatively simple process to have their cases evaluated". His attorney, Leonard Levine, did not immediately respond Friday to email and phone messages seeking comment.
"In our opinion, for what some of the victims went through, this is a nuisances amount and may not properly compensate victims for what some of them have suffered", Allred said.
"We still don't know when did USC first know, how often were they warned, what administrators were involved, was there criminal conduct?" "Not one", Manly said.
Manly also criticized the proposed settlement as failing to hold USC accountable and called it an effort to cap future monetary damages.
Tara Lee, an attorney who represents USC, said questions regarding potential criminal conduct are being investigated "and those answers will be available when the investigation itself is completed". "While we can not change the past, it is my honest hope that this timely settlement provides some measure of relief to those impacted and their families".
Our Board of Trustees supports this settlement, which was reached in collaboration with plaintiffs' counsel, and which will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this hard experience.
"Our Board of Trustees supports this settlement, which was reached in collaboration with plaintiffs' counsel, and which will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this hard experience", interim USC President Dr. Wanda Austin said in a statement. Women who allege the worse abuse and offer additional information will be eligible for up to $20,000, while those who are willing to be screened by a psychologist could receive a maximum of $250,000.
The settlement, which still needs to be approved by the court, is among the largest to be reached by a university facing accusations of sexual misconduct.
"USC may quell the depth of the anger and upset by getting hundreds of other victims to join the settlement, but it's not going to be over", Arias said, adding that he and other attorneys will "fight like hell" against the settlement's approval. He also allegedly made racist statements to patients of color. He was suspended in 2016 after a health worker accused him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients.
The women allege that they were abused and molested by Tyndall during routine medical appointments at the university health center. Michigan State University agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, a sports doctor who worked there for decades. Jane Doe 135 claims Tyndall engaged in rubbing the length of her naked body and pulled apart her buttocks "under the guise of a "skin check'".
After a major outcry over the way school officials handled the issue, the president of the university, C.L. Max Nikias, stepped down earlier this year. "We, along with President Austin, will continue to work to make it even stronger for our students, patients, faculty, staff, and alumni".