Gay university doctor’s sexual abuse accusers jump to 50

John Keyse, an accuser of the USC doctor

More accusers have come forward with sexual abuse allegations against former USC men’s health doctor Dennis Kelly. There are now 50 men, both former and current students, accusing Kelly of misconduct.

Attorneys confirmed on Thursday (9 May) that 18 more men have come forward and joined the lawsuit against Kelly.

Originally, six male graduates filed a lawsuit against Kelly in February.

In the lawsuit, they accuse Kelly of sexual battery and harassment during medical appointments. They also allege Kelly targeted and discriminated against them due to their sexual orientation.

The number of accusers rose to 21 within the first month of the lawsuit. With last week’s additional accusers, the number is now at 50, as news of the lawsuit and accusations spreads.

The original six accusers came forward following a prior lawsuit accusing a USC gynecologist of sexual abuse. The university moved forward with a $215-million-class-action settlement in that case.

What the accusers are saying

One of the latest accusers is USC doctoral student Ali Jalal-Kamali. He said Kelly asked him ‘invasively sexual questions’ during their appointments.

‘In this process, Dennis Kelly mocked, scolded, guilted and shamed me for everything and anything that he felt like he could based on the information he forced out of me, as if it brought him some sick … satisfaction,’ Jalal-Kamali described at a news conference.

Another new accusers is graduate John Keyse, who was involved in LGBTI causes on campus. The accusers are gay or bisexual, and the newest complaint stated Kelly did not treat heterosexual patients in the same inappropriate manner.

‘Today, I know that Dr. Kelly performed my rectal exam in a medically unnecessary way that seemed designed to maximize my embarrassment and discomfort,’ Keyse said in a statement.

Numerous accusers specifically said Kelly performed medically unnecessary and invasive rectal exams.

Kelly denies any wrongdoing

Kelly, 72, retired last year. He’s openly gay and has denied all wrongdoing. He called the allegations ‘terribly hurftul’.

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

Directly addressing the accusations, Kelly said it was standard practice to ‘perform a rectal swab while also inspecting for anal warts’.

GSN reached out to USC for comment.

‘We are aware of the lawsuit and are concerned by its allegations,’ a spokesperson said in a statement.

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

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USC Ignored Complaints About School Doctor’s Sexual Misconduct and Unnecessary Rectal Exams on Gay Male Students: Lawsuit

An amended lawsuit, which more than 20 men have now joined, alleges that the University of Southern California’s only men’s health physician “performed unnecessary rectal exams and made inappropriate and humiliating remarks to them for engaging in sexual acts with other men,” ABC7 reports.

A lawyer for the men said Dr. Dennis Kelly told them to “climb onto an examination table with their bare buttocks in the air and then anally penetrated them which he insisted was a necessary part of their examinations.” One of the plaintiffs in the suit said that Kelly asked him whether he had unprotected anal sex and then told him it was “dirty” after he responded in the affirmative, making him feel “shamed and humiliated.”

The lawsuit alleges that USC ignored the complaints: “Despite receiving repeated complaints regarding Dr. Kelly’s misconduct, USC actively and deliberately failed to investigate, discipline, or address Dr. Kelly’s sexually abusive and discriminatory behavior and instead, continued to employ Dr. Kelly for years, allowing him unencumbered access to sexually abuse, harass, and discriminate against Plaintiffs and other male gay and bisexual USC students in his care.”

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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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