Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey deserves some of the blame in the University of Southern California sex abuse scandal for failing to press charges against any university official, claims an accuser of a former LA gynecologist. USC.
Lucy Chi was one of more than 700 victims named in a $ 852 million settlement agreement the university announced Thursday.
“Part of the reason this happened is due to former District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s welcoming relationship with USC,” Chi alleged of the Democrat, according to FOX 11 of Los Angeles. “He graduated from USC School of Law and met with them multiple times when these allegations came up. He refused to charge them, over and over again, as we asked him to do so.”
“She refused to charge them, over and over again, as we asked her to do so.”
Dr. George Tyndall, 74, who worked as the sole gynecologist at the university’s Student Health Center for nearly three decades, faces 35 criminal charges of alleged sexual misconduct between 2009 and 2016. He pleaded not guilty and is free under bail.
Chi said he believes school administrators were covering up his alleged decades of abuse, according to FOX 11.
“Today’s settlement, while important, actually brings me a bit of sadness. It has been almost three years since the LA Times published its report on what George Tyndall did to us for almost 30 years and how USC covered it up, including when the staff at the student clinic exposed it, “Chi said.
“The USC allowed thousands of women to be abused by the gynecologist and when they found out, they covered up, aided and incited all those sexual assaults and no one in the administration, the USC leadership has been held accountable.”
USC SETS TO PAY $ 852 MILLION IN SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT
Hundreds of women came forward to report their complaints to the police, but some of the cases did not meet the 10-year statute of limitations, while others did not reach the level of criminal charges or lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute. Still, Tyndall faces up to 64 years in prison if convicted.
Chi said he hopes George Gascon, the current Los Angeles County district attorney, who defeated Lacey at the polls last year, will press charges against school officials.
“Now that we have a new district attorney in office, I am hopeful that district attorney George Gascón will take us seriously,” Chi said, “if it weren’t for justice for the victims, at least to show the future predators and those who enable them, there is a price to pay when you look away and ignore what is happening. “
Victim Audrey Nafziger noted that in the case of convicted rapist Larry Nassar, who abused hundreds of athletes while at Michigan State University, several school officials were charged.
“No one other than Dr. Tyndall has been charged with anything, and there are a lot of criminal wrongdoing around here,” Nafziger said.
Attorney John Manly, who represented the prosecutors in the USC settlement, spoke to reporters at a news conference Thursday.
“I want this to be clear: USC and senior USC administrators at the health center and otherwise, they knew. The press materials USC released in 2018 that this was somehow a mystery to them. It was a fucking lie. And we proved that. “
The lawsuits against the university allege that school officials deliberately concealed complaints of Tyndall’s alleged sexual abuse since 2000 and kept him at work.
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School officials have denied any cover-ups and have said the school has made policy changes to ensure the claims are investigated and the school said it also hired board-certified female doctors, according to FOX 11.
The USC and the district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment.
Associated Press contributed to this report.