LA Mayor’s race: Bass and Caruso continue to trade barbs over USC scandals

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — USC takes center stage once again at the Los Angeles mayoral race.

Rick Caruso has asked Rep. Karen Bass to forward her application and grant request to the School of Social Work, which she promised at the second debate but didn’t do.

On Thursday, Bass Caruso asked the report of an investigation by the law firm O’Melveny and Myers into the actions of Dr. George Tyndall, a former USC campus gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of patients. In 2018, Caruso reportedly told reporters he would publish it, but that didn’t happen.

“There is not a single report. If you find yourself in litigation, do as your lawyers have spoken of attorney-client privilege. It wasn’t my decision. It was the lawyers who called it,” Caruso said. “My statement is fully consistent with what I said, I wanted to reveal as much information as possible. The decision was made based on the experts we had not to victimize these students again.”

“He repeatedly invoked attorney-client privilege. Rick Caruso has a lot of questions to answer, and he shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind his attorneys and classified testimonies any longer,” Bass said. “He’s running for mayor. He asks for the trust and voice of the people. He needs to get clean. He must be held accountable.”

She was joined at Bass’ press conference on Thursday by attorney Gloria Allred, who represented 72 of Tyndall’s victims and has supported Bass. Bass said Caruso’s statement that he did not want to further hurt victims by releasing the report was condescending to those who accused Tyndall of abuse.

At a meeting with supporters in south LA, Caruso said Bass was “desperate.”

“What annoys me about it is that Karen and Gloria Allred keep trying to write a story that isn’t,” Caruso said.

Allred claims that releasing the report would help her clients heal, but Caruso claims it would have the opposite effect.

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Laura Coffey

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