Gay USC official arrested in college admissions scandal

Out lesbian athletic director at USC Donna Heinel (Photo: Facebook)

An out lesbian athletic director at the University of Southern California has been fired for her part in the US college admissions scandal.

USC fired Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel after she was indicted in federal court in Massachusetts, according to the LA Times.

Heinel reportedly took more than US$1.3 million in bribes to help parents get their children into USC as ‘athletes’ if their grades were not high enough.

Federal prosecutors say more than 50 people took part in the multi-million dollar scheme.

It involved cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and school officials to accept students as college athletes.

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges.

Staff at nine elite schools as well as exam administrators are also under investigation.

Parents paid tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools.

The FBI has said CEO of college admissions prep company called The Key, William Rick Singer, is behind the scheme.

Donna Heinel

Heinel was USC athletics’ chief administrative officer and senior women’s administrator.

Heinel is married to a woman and has two young children. She is the only school administrator indicted in the nationwide probe.

But, Heinel was also a prominent member of LGBT Collegiate Athletics, according to Auto Straddle.

In 2017, Heinel spear-headed efforts at USC that led it receiving a perfect score from Athlete Ally for LGBTQ inclusive sport spaces.

She was also credited with revitalizing the LGBT athletic committee at USC.

In 2016, the committee distributed rainbow ‘We are SC’ rainbow t-shirts for Coming Out Day.

Author: Rik Glauert

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LGBTI alumni accuse gay university doctor of sexual abuse

A doctor with their hand on a man's back

Six male graduates are accusing a former doctor at the University of Southern California (USC) of sexual abuse.

The graduates, who all identify as gay or bisexual, filed a  lawsuit this week, formally accusing Dr. Dennis Kelly of sexual battery and harassment during medical appointments.

As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, the suit alleges Kelly ‘made demeaning remarks… about their sexual practices and performed unnecessary rectal exams designed to embarrass them or “to satisfy his own prurient sexual desires.”‘

It further states Kelly, upon learing his patients had sex with other men, asked them questions about pornography consumption and sexual hookups.

He also allegedly told them to undress, watching them as they did so, and get on their hands and knees.

One plaintiff, 26, said he felt Kelly suddenly ‘insert something for about 30 seconds’ without any warning.

The men filed the suit anonymously. They are now seeking compensation for ‘negligent hiring and supervision’.

As students, they did not file a formal complaint with USC or contact the police. One of the plaintiffs, however, did say he told another doctor who reportedly said the rectal exam ‘shouldn’t have happened’.

Denial of wrongdoing

Kelly, 72, retired last year. He’s openly gay and said throughout his career he devoted himself to helping LGBTI patients.

In a phone interview with the LA Times, he denied all wrongdoing and called the allegations ‘terribly hurftul’.

‘I can’t second-guess or question anything I’ve done,’ he further said. ‘I know I did it all professionally and without any other motive.’

Directly addressing the accusations, Kelly said he either turned away or left the room while patients undressed. He also said it was standard practice to ‘perform a rectal swab while also inspecting for anal warts’.

The second lawsuit

This lawsuit follows a second lawsuit that accused a USC gynecologist of sexual abuse. The university is now reportedly moving forward with a $215-million-class-action settlement in that case.

A spokesperson for USC released a statement to the LA Times about the case against Kelly:

‘We’re working to understand the facts of this matter. We care deeply about our entire Trojan family, including our LGBTQ-plus community, and take this matter very seriously.’

GSN contacted USC for further comment.

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