Ex-USC gynecologist pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

George Tyndall was a gynecologist at the school for almost 30 years. He was fired in 2017.

(CNN)George Tyndall pleaded not guilty to accusations that he inappropriately touched 16 women during his time as a gynecologist at the University of Southern California's campus health clinic.

Tyndall faces 29 counts of sex crimes: 18 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of sexual battery.
He was shackled and wearing an anti-suicide vest for his initial court appearance Monday.
His attorney, Andrew Flier, said he is not suicidal, nor is he a danger to himself.
    "None of this ever happened," Flier said after the hearing. He maintained that Tyndall always had someone else in the room while examining patients.
    Tyndall was a gynecologist at the school for almost 30 years. He was fired in 2017.
    If convicted, Tyndall could get up to 53 years in prison.
    Prosecutors claim the misconduct occurred between 2009 and 2016. The alleged victims were 17 to 29 years old.
    Last month, a federal court approved a preliminary amount of $215 million for a victims' fund.
      Bail was set at more than $2 million, but Judge Teresa Sullivan set a bail review hearing for Wednesday, July 3.
      After the bail review, Tyndall's next court appearance is scheduled for July 12.