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More gay and bi men come forward, alleging unwanted rectal exams by USC doctor

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An additional 18 men have come forward to join the suit against Dr. Dennis Kelly, the USC doctor accused of sexual misconduct against his patients.

A full 39 students now allege that Kelly exploited them during patient visits, subjecting them to invasive questions about their sexual preferences and unwanted prostate exams. Kelly also seemed to target gay or bisexual students after learning of their sexual preference, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit also alleges that students complained to USC about Dr. Kelly’s bedside manner and that the university failed to investigate their claims. Kelly served at the university for 20 years.

According to the lawsuit, Kelly would begin examinations by asking a number of questions about the patients’ sexual partners, if they were into “twinks” or older men, their preferred sexual practices, positions and if they ever used sex toys. The suit also alleges Kelly would ask patients to remove their underwear and would perform rectal examinations without warning gloves and fondle their genitals. One student claims he enlisted Kelly’s services after a sexual assault that left him with rectal bleeding. Kelly insisted on performing a rectal examination and asking probing questions about the assault. He then told the student that anal penetration was a “normal sexual activity” that “people do for pleasure.”

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One international student, Ali Jalal-Kamali, says he approached Kelly about getting PrEP. He claims that Kelly subjected him to a number of uncomfortable questions and fondled him. Jalal-Kamali says Kelly questioned him about “anything any everything he felt like he could, based on information he forced out of me, as if it brought him some sick joy or satisfaction. He went on to objectify my partner at the time based on my partner’s racial stereotypes, reducing his humanity to the potential size of his genitals.”

Jalal-Kamali also claims Kelly demanded he return for follow-up visits, though the physician never provided the promised access to PrEP. “The process continued as I had more and more visits because he demanded it, and because he forced me to come again and again without providing PrEP medicine,” Jalal-Kamali says. “I felt so uncomfortable that I finally decided not to pursue getting PrEP medication anymore while I got into a monogamous relationship, and because Kelly made it so difficult for me to get it.”

Kelly has denied the allegations of misconduct. USC has released a statement regarding the allegations. It reads, in part: “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.”