A University of Southern California gynecologist accused of serial sexual misconduct told a 19-year-old student that she’ll “be great at sex” after thrusting his fingers inside her during her first appointment with the creepy doctor, according to a report.
The woman, now 27 and working in law enforcement, was among 85 people who contacted a phone line and website set up the university this week after it was revealed that the former gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, was allowed to treat students for years at its campus health clinic despite numerous complaints of sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks during exams, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Tyndall told the woman he was going to put his fingers inside her to make sure the speculum would fit, she told the newspaper. After inserting his first finger, he put in a second, before ultimately putting three fingers inside her, she said.
At one point during the exam, the woman recalled Tyndall saying, “You’ll be great at sex.”
She then locked eyes with a nurse in the examination room as Tyndall had three fingers inside her, she said.
“She made eye contact with me, and looked at me remorsefully,” said the woman, who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity. “I’ve seen plenty of gynecologists since him and no one has done it.”
The newspaper interviewed more than a dozen alumnae for a follow-up to its detailed report on Tuesday outlining complaints against Tyndall, 71, who has denied wrongdoing, saying his exams were appropriate and “extremely thorough.”
Chelsea Wu said she didn’t know what to make of her experience with Tyndall until reading Tuesday’s story, which forced her to relive her appointment with him as a “naïve” 19-year-old sophomore in 2016.
“I was blindly trusting of doctors,” she said. “I pretty much followed whatever they say.”
But Wu said Tyndall asked her several questions about her sex life and commented on the strength of her pelvic muscles during the exam. He also seemed preoccupied with her Chinese heritage and even told her that he had a lot of Chinese patients who came to him without much knowledge about sex, she recalled.
At another point, Tyndall got a map of China and asked Wu about the English translations on it, she said.
“It took 15 or 20 minutes, longer than my pelvis exam,” Wu told the newspaper. “I didn’t understand why I was explaining this to my doctor because it was totally unrelated to my health.”
USC President C.L. Max Nikias apologized on Tuesday for Tyndall’s conduct — calling it a “shameful betrayal”– and said the university first learned of the complaints in late fall, months after he resigned and received a financial payout, according to the Times.
But some current students flatly rejected that explanation.
“It’s just words,” USC undergrad Rose Martinez told the newspaper. “Students have already been affected. It frustrates me that I can’t trust the health center. It’s one of the most important resources students have.”