According to his defense attorney, George Tyndall, the former gynaecologist at the University of Southern California (USC), who had been accused of sexual assault by his patients and was awaiting trial, passed away on Thursday, October 5.
According to Tyndall’s lawyer, Leonard Levine, a dear friend discovered Tyndall lifeless after he didn’t respond to any phone calls. Levine suspects his passing was due to natural causes, as Tyndall appeared to have passed peacefully while asleep.
Despite his denial of wrongdoing, Dr Tyndall was found guilty of sexually assaulting 21 patients while posing as a gynaecologist. As a result, he had his medical license revoked and faced criminal charges for his actions.
The judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the prosecutors had provided enough evidence to proceed with the trial. It is anticipated that the problem will commence sometime next year.
Last year, USC made headlines by agreeing to pay a historic $852 million settlement to over 700 women who had accused former gynaecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse during their medical appointments and claimed that the university had attempted to conceal the matter. While the university has admitted to overlooking several complaints against Tyndall, they have denied any intentional cover-up.
After serving as a professor at USC for almost three decades, Tyndall faced suspension from the university, located in Los Angeles, in the year 2016.
According to Levine, his client maintained his innocence and was determined to have his day in court to prove it. “He firmly believed that he would be cleared of all charges, and that’s all he ever wanted,” Levine emphasized. He reiterated that his client denied all allegations and was confident in his exoneration.
According to Tyndall’s accusers, his death was a way for him to escape being held accountable for his actions.
According to the L.A. Times, Audry Nafziger, a former patient who had accused Tyndall of abuse, expressed her disappointment over his death. “I’m not pleased that he passed away. I wanted to witness him being held accountable for his actions,” Nafziger said.
John Manly, the attorney of Tyndall’s accusers, expressed his disappointment by saying, “He got away with it… I’m at a loss to explain this to my clients.”
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