In secret testimony, Caruso was grilled about what USC knew about disgraced gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, whom he treated at the university’s medical center from 1972 to 1977. But Caruso was evasive about whether USC knew of Dr. Tyndall’s alleged sexual misconduct. Nor did Caruso, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, discuss allegations against a woman accused of sexual misconduct by the hospital’s Director of Nursing Donna Hales.
A spokesman for USC said that, as recently as yesterday, “Dr. Caruso was not aware of Dr. Hales or any related allegations.”
The most sensational of the three accusers, Donna Hales
The most sensational of the three accusers, Donna Hales, who was director of nursing at USC’s McLeod Center from 1999 until 2004 and also worked at UCLA’s McLeod Center from 1998 to 1999, contends that USC President C. L. Max Nikias forced her to fire her after she complained to him about the presence of nude patients in her unit.
In her lawsuit, Hales says Nikias told her she was going to let the problem go unless she resigned. Hales says Nikias then called her “a sexual deviant,” and she said she “felt he was looking for an excuse to terminate her.”
Nikias declined a request for an interview. He issued a statement saying that he is “committed to transparency.”
“I never told or recommended anyone to quit their job because they had an extramarital affair.”
Nikias said he would make no apologies for his alleged actions, “except to apologize to the women involved for any embarrassment and pain they may have suffered as a result of my actions.”
Hales’ lawsuit claims that the McLeod Center “systematically and inadvisably housed sexual deviant patients” in her nursing unit and that when she was told that the hospital had to move those patients out, she complained and was then “disciplined.”
In addition to his actions with Hales, Nikias was sued in the suit by a former nurse